Jeremy Corbyn faces threat from key union as he clings to power

Jeremy Corbyn

Jeremy Corbyn today faced the threat of losing backing from a key union as he battles to cling on to office.

Delegates will meet for UNISON’s Labour Link Annual Conference in Newcastle on Thursday and Friday.

Emergency motions are expected to be tabled with at least one raising concerns over him continuing as leader, though others are likely to be supportive.

UNISON leader Dave Prentis has so far backed Mr Corbyn staying as Labour leader as the union adopted this position on the basis that he was democratically elected.

But the meeting in Newcastle could decide to ditch this stance, or take further soundings from around the regions on whether to continue supporting Mr Corbyn to stay at the helm of the party.

Meanwhile, Labour’s deputy leader Tom Watson launched a “last throw of the dice” to try to get Mr Corbyn to stand down to avoid a leadership challenge.

He was due to hold face-to-face talks with Unite boss Len McCluskey who is seen as propping up Mr Corbyn in office.

Mr Watson was also set to speak by phone later in the day with other union bosses in an attempt to find a solution to break the deadlock over Mr Corbyn’s fate.

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