London : Extreme left-wing MP Jeremy Corbyn was today elected leader of Britain’s main Opposition Labour Party in a landslide victory here, a development that threatens to further divide the party.

  The 66-year-old socialist, who began the contest as a rank outsider, was widely projected to win and saw off a challenge from frontbenchers Andy Burnham, Yvette Cooper and Liz Kendall.

  He gained 2,51,417 or 59.5 per cent of first preference votes – 40 per cent more than his nearest rival Burnham, who got 19 per cent.

Aditi Khanna

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