Victorious Jeremy Corbyn tells party: "Let's wipe slate clean"

Corbyn swept to victory in the Labour leadership election

Jeremy Corbyn

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Re-elected Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has urged his party to "wipe the slate clean" after a bitter campaign marred by claims of abuse, harassment and even death threats.

As expected, the veteran left-winger saw off the challenge from Owen Smith with an increased mandate from members, taking 61.8% of the vote compared to his rival's 38.2%.

While hoping his victory will silence critics, Mr Corbyn faces a mammoth task in bringing his deeply divided party back together.

And he sought to address this in his victory speech as he told members that Labour had more in common than divided it.

In a video message to supporters ahead of the result, announced at the start of the party conference in Liverpool, Mr Corbyn insisted his opponents had "a duty to unite."

Speaking to Sky News ahead of the result, shadow home secretary Andy Burnham called for an end to deselection threats by Corbyn supporters and "a new culture of zero tolerance of abuse."

The campaign was plagued by accusations of harassment.

Former Labour frontbencher Angela Eagle, who triggered the leadership election by announcing her intention to stand, had her constituency office vandalised, while another MP Jess Philips revealed she was forced to change the locks on her home after receiving death threats.

At one point, more than 40 women Labour MPs wrote to Mr Corbyn demanding he do more to tackle the "disgusting and totally unacceptable" abuse by his supporters.

With an eye on rebuilding his front bench following the expected result, Mr Corbyn has already held private talks with moderate senior MPs.

The mass resignation of Labour frontbenchers in June left Mr Corbyn unable to fill all his shadow ministerial posts.

Reports indicate up to 14 may be ready to return following the failed leadership challenge.

However, other senior party figures, including Hilary Benn, Yvette Cooper and Chuka Umunna are thought to be looking to head influential parliamentary select committees, which will allow them to take prominent roles examining and challenging Theresa May's Government from outside Mr Corbyn's camp.

In his video message, Mr Corbyn said: "This isn't and never has been about me. "It's about all of us. Whatever the result, whatever the margin, we all have a duty to unite, cherish and build our movement."

Rejecting accusation he was more interested in strengthening the left's hold on Labour than winning power, Mr Corbyn insisted the enthusiasm which drove his second leadership campaign would boost the party's hopes in the General Election scheduled for 2020.

Some 40,000 volunteers signed up to take part in his campaign and membership numbers have risen to more than half a million, he said.

This would allow Labour to deliver "a new kind of General Election campaign - the biggest, best and most visible we have ever run".

He admitted the contest had been "robust and at times difficult", but insisted the debate had been "respectful" and the party was agreed on key issues.