On Thursday 11 August over 100 Labour Party members gathered at the Fratton Trades Hall to discuss the leadership election, consider the two candidates and undertake a secret ballot to decide who should be nominated by Portsmouth Labour Party.
Two local Labour Party members spoke eloquently on behalf of both the current leader Jeremy Corbyn, and his challenger Owen Smith, and these speeches were then followed by a debate from the floor with a wide range of contributions.
Members voted in the secret ballot according to their constituency, and the results were as follows:
Portsmouth North Labour CLP: Jeremy Corbyn – 25 votes, Owen Smith – 2
Portsmouth South Labour CLP: Jeremy Corbyn 75 votes, Owen Smith 13
The nominations are an indication of support although they will not count in any way towards the actual election. The voting for individual Labour Party members will take place between 22 August and 21 September, and the results announced at a Special Conference in Liverpool on Saturday 24 September.