Embattled Jeremy Corbyn Expects to on the Ballot for Upcoming Leadership Contest

Party leadership challenger Angela Eagle launches bid to replace Corbyn, stating that he failed to lead party legislation.

Britain's Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn wipes his eye at the launch of 'Labour In for Britain', London, U.K., May 10, 2016.
Kirsty Wigglesworth, AP

REUTERS – British opposition Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn said on Sunday he expected to automatically be on the ballot for an upcoming leadership contest, without needing to be nominated by party lawmakers.

Labor lawmaker Angela Eagle has said she will launch a bid on Monday to replace the embattled Corbyn as party leader, saying he had failed to lead Labor legislators as an organized and effective force to hold the government to account, and that it is up to the party's national committee if Corbyn will be automatically on leadership ballot.

"I'm expecting to be on the ballot paper because the rules of the party indicate that the existing leader, if challenged, should be on the ballot paper anyway," he told the BBC.

Corbyn said if the party's national executive committee decided he should not automatically be on the ballot, he would challenge that.