Poll: Jeremy Corbyn elected as Labour Party leader; Tom Watson is deputy leader

Jeremy Corbyn spoke to thousands of people who attended the Burston Strike Rally 2015.

Jeremy Corbyn spoke to thousands of people who attended the Burston Strike Rally 2015. - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2015

Jeremy Corbyn has been elected as the new leader of the Labour Party.

Jeremy Corbyn spoke to thousands of people who attended the Burston Strike Rally 2015.

Jeremy Corbyn spoke to thousands of people who attended the Burston Strike Rally 2015. - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2015

He won 251,417 votes, representing 59.5pc of the eligible votes cast.

Andy Burham came second, with 19pc of the vote, Yvette Cooper third with 17pc, and Liz Kendall came in fourth and last, with 4.5pc of the vote.

The veteran left-winger entered the contest to replace Ed Miliband in June as rank 200-1 outsider, and only secured a place on the ballot paper after some MPs who said they would not vote for him agreed to support his nomination.

One of Mr Corbyn's strongest supporters has been Clive Lewis MP, who won the Norwich South seat in May's general election.

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Tom Watson was elected deputy leader of the Labour Party, after securing 50.7pc of the vote in the third round.

Ben Bradshaw, a former EDP journalist, was the first deputy leader candidate to be eliminated, after receiving 9.6pc of the vote in the first round.

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Mr Corby, the Islington North MP, has been on the Labour backbenches throughout his 32-year parliamentary career, and entered the Queen Elizabeth II conference centre in London to chants of 'Jez we can'.

There were more low-key arrivals for shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper and the most Blairite candidate Liz Kendall, who has all but accepted defeat after trailing throughout the contest.

The election on Friday of Sadiq Khan as the party's candidate for the 2016 London mayoral contest thanks in part to an influx of party activists thought to have been attracted by Mr Corbyn's policies was seen as a pointer towards the result.

Mr Khan, who comfortably saw off Baroness Tessa Jowell to secure a tilt at City Hall, was one of the MPs responsible for securing Mr Corbyn a place on the ballot paper only to ensure a wider debate, despite backing Mr Burnham as leader.

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