After the resounding defeat of Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party in the recent General Election, the Labour leadership - not only Corbyn himself, but other top members of his leadership team, such as John McDonnell, have said that they will be standing down ‘after a period of reflection’.
Labour candidates who lost their seats in the election, as well the wider Labour have mostly reacted with incredulity and anger, and some have demanded his immediate resignation.
Does a mechanism exist for a leadership contest to be forced, or to remove an incumbent Labour Party leader outright? In the Conservative party, for example, a leadership challenge can be mounted by just 15% of Conservative MPs, although the incumbent can still stand as a candidate in the leadership election. Does a similar process exist for the Labour Party?