London: British Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn refused to resign on Tuesday despite a confidence vote in which 172 of his party’s lawmakers voted against him and only 40 in his favour following Britain’s EU referendum. “I was democratically elected leader of our party for a new kind of politics by 60 per cent of Labour members and supporters, and I will not betray them by resigning. Today’s vote by MPs has no constitutional legitimacy,” Corbyn said in a statement.
Corbyn said: “In the aftermath of last week’s referendum, our country faces major challenges. Risks to the economy and living standards are growing. The public is divided. Labour has the responsibility to give a lead where the Government will not. We need to bring people together, hold the Government to account and set out a path to exit that will protect jobs and incomes.,” Corbyn has been hit by a wave of resignations since last weekend, with his internal critics saying he should stand down.