Corbyn rushed by Question Time audience while Smith awkwardly ignored
The showdown featured Smith attacking Corbyn on behalf of the pro-Israeli lobby while Corbyn sarcastically thanked his party colleague for offering him a "non-existent job" if he resigned from Labour.
A masterclass! Jeremy Corbyn takes down Owen Smith in 36 simple words on Question Time https://t.co/w4qZgSQ44F— Nessa Childers MEP (@NChildersMEP) September 9, 2016
Throughout the debate, Smith was criticized on social media for his attacks on Corbyn and his calls to ignore the results of the Brexit referendum.
Dreadful performance from Owen Smith on #bbcqt. They could purge half the party and he still couldn't win this election.— Ronan Burtenshaw (@ronanburtenshaw) September 8, 2016
Once it was over and the credits rolled, the audience conducted an impromptu American-style caucus and made a direct path to the popular Labour leader for a selfie.
To add insult to injury, Smith appeared to think one audience member was on his way over to him, but was awkwardly ignored by the man who was heading towards his rival.
The anti-war leader remains popular despite the best efforts of the MSM and the Blairite wing of the Labour party.
Corbyn’s ability to attract big crowds and his anti-establishment credentials have drawn comparisons to Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, although his supporters will be hoping for a better outcome.
Jeremy Corbyn concedes that Bernie Sanders didn't win the nomination "but he changed the Democrats" pic.twitter.com/3wmzSbM8R9— Adam Bienkov (@AdamBienkov) August 30, 2016
Corbyn is being challenged for leadership of the Labour Party after a host of resignations from senior members and a vote of no confidence among its MPs.
The winner is expected to be named on September 24.