|‹ 2015 N/A ›|
|Labour Party (UK) leadership election, 2016|
|22 August 2016 – 21 September 2016|
|Nominee||Jeremy Corbyn||Angela Eagle||Owen Smith|
|Party||Labour Party||Labour Party||Labour Party|
|First preferences||44%||28.2%|| 27.8%
After a long leadership campaign, Jeremy Corbyn emerged as the clear winner by a majority of 56,796 votes and 15.8%. Eagle and Smith were neck and neck in the polls for the majority of the campaign, with Eagle only taking a clear lead of 3% in the polls one week before, however Eagle settled with only a majority of 0.4% over Smith.
Shortly after this leadership election, 26 Labour MPs including Angela Eagle defected from the Labour Party and formed a new party: Citizens (based off Ciudadanos in Spain). The Liberal Democrats soon merged into this new party. They started off polling 10-16% in the polls and once UKIP dissolved (in 2017), they somehow got more votes and started polling at 20%.