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UK: Angela Eagle launches Labour leadership bid to topple Jeremy Corbyn

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By Alasdair Sandford
UK: Angela Eagle launches Labour leadership bid to topple Jeremy Corbyn

<p>Labour’s Angela Eagle has said she will challenge Jeremy Corbyn for the leadership of Britain’s main opposition party.</p> <p>The widely-anticipated challenge to Britain’s main opposition leader follows a collapse in support for Corbyn among Labour politicians in parliament.</p> <p>However he is refusing to resign and insists he can win a leadership battle which will be decided by a vote of the party membership. Thousands of new members have joined, with many believed to back him.</p> <p>His rival Angela Eagle, a former shadow business secretary, accuses Corbyn of playing to his left-wing gallery rather than seeking wider support.</p> <p>“Jeremy Corbyn is unable to provide the leadership that this huge task needs,” she told a news conference. “I am not here for a Labour Party that just takes part, I’m here to win.”</p> <p>Jeremy Corbyn has rejected criticism that his campaigning in favour of the UK’s EU membership was at best lukewarm.</p> <p>The threat of a split in Britain’s main opposition party further complicates the political scene after the referendum vote for Brexit.</p>