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Labour peers set to stage no confidence vote in Jeremy Corbyn

Labour peers are poised to stage a no confidence vote in Jeremy Corbyn's leadership, the Mirror understands.

It is understood an extraordinary meeting of Labour's Peers Group has been scheduled for Monday over Mr Corbyn's response to anti-Semitism claims.

Peers are due to use the meeting to discuss whether to hold a no confidence vote in the party leader. One source said it is "almost inevitable" peers will choose to express their view through a formal vote.

If agreed, a ballot of all 179 Labour members in the House of Lords would then follow on Tuesday and/or Wednesday.

That means the result could come within hours of a new Prime Minister taking office on Wednesday.

It's understood a no confidence vote is currently proposed by one peer, whose identity has not yet been revealed.

While a no confidence vote would not be binding it would heap pressure on the Labour leader over anti-Semitism.

It comes after shadow Brexit minister Baroness Hayter was sacked for comparing Mr Corbyn and his team to Adolf Hitler in his final days in a bunker.

And 67 Labour peers took out an advert in The Guardian this week accusing him of a "failure of leadership".

A Labour spokesman dismissed the peers earlier this week, saying the advert contained "false and misleading claims about the Party by those hostile to Jeremy Corbyn's politics".

A source said the vote was a reaction to the leadership's general handling of anti-Semitism claims – but critics felt they were pushed over the brink by Baroness Hayter's sacking.

A Labour spokesman said yesterday: " Jeremy Corbyn has made clear in interviews, videos and articles that there is no place for antisemitism in the Party.

"Jennie Formby has sped up and strengthened procedures and the rate at which cases are dealt with has increased more than four-fold. Since September 2015, the number of cases that have undergone disciplinary procedures relate to about 0.06% of members."

It comes more than three years after Jeremy Corbyn lost another non-binding no confidence vote, staged by his MPs, by 172 votes to 40.

Despite the huge margin Labour's leader refused to quit, citing support among the party's 500,000-odd members.

Labour's shadow Brexit minister in the Lords was last night sacked for comparing Jeremy Corbyn's leadership to "the last days of Hitler".


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