Opposition Labour leader Corbyn says he will not resign

Opposition Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn addresses a gathering of supporters demonstrating in Parliament Square, in central London, Britain June 27, 2016. REUTERS/Toby Melville

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said he would not resign after Members of Parliament (MPs) in his party overwhelmingly passed a motion of no confidence in his leadership.

“I was democratically elected leader of our party for a new kind of politics by 60 percent of Labour members and supporters, and I will not betray them by resigning,” he said in an emailed statement on Tuesday. “Today’s vote by MPs has no constitutional legitimacy,” he added.

Reporting by William James; editing by Stephen Addison