Sunderland MP urges Labour members not to quit after Jeremy Corbyn wins leadership election

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A Sunderland MP is urging Labour members not to resign from the party after the reelection of controversial leader Jeremy Corbyn.

Mr Corbyn strengthened his position as Labour leader after gaining 62% of the vote following a bitter leadership election campaign which has left deep divisions in the party.

He received 313,209 of the votes cast, compared with 193,229 for challenger Owen Smith, and used his victory speech to call for unity.

But while Corbyn's camp rejoiced, many others are unhappy - with some going as far as to quit the party.

Washington and Sunderland West MP Sharon Hodgson has been pleading with those tweeting her to announce their departure, urging them to stay and work for a better future.

She told one: "Please please reconsider. Stay and help us work together. We have to find a way through this."