Jeremy Corbyn vows to "continue with the responsibility" of Labour leadership

The embattled leader lost a vote of no-confidence, but has appealed to party members to come together

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Jeremy Corbyn has appealed to Labour members to "come together" in the wake of losing a non-binding no-confidence motion last week. 

Last Tuesday's vote showed that 172 MPs voted in favour of the no-confidence motion, with 40 against it. The turnout was 95%.

Despite that loss, the embattled leader of the Labour Party stated that he would be standing for re-election as leader if challenged, and took to Twitter on Monday afternoon to appeal to all of the party's supporters to come together and oppose the government.

In the message, Corbyn states that he will continue as the leader of the party despite the challenges to his position.

"After the events of the past week, I wanted to speak directly to Labour Party members," said Corbyn. "Only nine months ago, I was very honoured to be elected leader of our party with 60% of the votes [...] I'm carrying out that responsibility and I'm carrying on with that responsibility." 

Calling out to members of the party as well as his colleagues in parliament, he stressed that now was the moment to come together and look to build on what Labour has achieved since he took up the reigns, citing that "since my election, we've won every parliamentary by-election [...] two-thirds of our supporters voted to remain in the European Union and we overtook the Tories in the local government elections."

"We're now the biggest membership we've been, certainly in all of my lifetime. That membership wants and expects all of us [...] to work together in their interests, the interests of everyone in this country to achieve a better society, better standards of living and real equality in the future."

Elsewhere, UKIP leader Nigel Farage has decided to step down from his position, stating that "My aim in politics was to get Britain out of the European Union. That is what we voted for in that referendum two weeks ago, and that is why I now feel that I've done my bit, that I couldn't possibly achieve more."