The move is revealed in Ed Balls' new book.
But it may change what happens after.
The decision is a blow for Jeremy Corbyn's leadership campaign.
A country's former masters are fighting to survive.
Who is getting the most CLP nominations in the race to be Labour leader?
Is Jeremy Corbyn electable? Now you can know the facts.
The Labour leader spoke in Sunderland about his investment plans.
The challenger MP declared he was "Labour to my bones".
In Owen, I see a true leader - an individual capable of not only uniting Labour, but holding the Tories to account and forming a Labour government, says Martha O'Neill.
Jeremy Corbyn has won 87 per cent of constituency nominations. But Owen Smith's team boast of more favourable data.
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