Labour leadership contest: Five candidates to replace Jeremy Corbyn REVEALED

Rebecca Long-Bailey, Lisa Nandy, Jess Phillips, Keir Starmer and Emily Thornberry all secured enough votes from their Labour colleagues to make the cut. Clive Lewis withdrew just minutes before the deadline after failing to secure enough votes. Rosena Allin Khan, Richard Burgon, Dawn Butler, Ian Murray and Angela Rayner have also succeeded in the deputy leader contest.


Sir Keir said: “I’m pleased to have received the support of colleagues in Parliament to make it to the next phase of this contest.

“This has been a good-natured and respectful start to the debate about the future of the Labour Party.

“Lots of important issues have been raised by all the candidates in the race so far.”

He appointed Labour MPs Carolyn Harris and David Lammy to act as vice-chairs of his campaign.

Sir Keir added: “Over the coming weeks, I’m looking forward to travelling across the country to listen to members and activists about how together we can restore people’s trust in Labour as a force for good.”

Mr Lewis, who abandoned his campaigned, said: “At this stage, it’s clear that I won’t get on the ballot.

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“So, I’m standing aside in the spirit of pluralism, diversity and generosity that I’ve promoted throughout this campaign, so that those who have supported me can recast their nominations.”

With a significant number of MPs yet to decide who to back, Ms Thornberry said at the weekend that she was “fairly confident” of making it.

Former Labour leader Ed Miliband said he had nominated Sir Keir as the best candidate to “deliver 21st century socialism”, and deputy leadership candidate Angela Rayner for having “an ability to inspire our party and movement”.

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Over the weekend, the left-wing activist group Momentum, which helped propel Mr Corbyn to the leadership in 2015, said it was recommending support for Ms Long-Bailey and Ms Rayner.

It will now ask its members whether they agree with the recommendations, with ballots, consisting of just two questions, to be sent out this week.

The group’s backing for Ms Long-Bailey is unsurprising, given that she has long been the favoured candidate of the left to take on Mr Corbyn’s mantle.


However, many Corbyn-supporting MPs are backing Mr Burgon for deputy rather than Ms Rayner, and Momentum’s support will be a significant boost for her campaign.

Although she already has the support of her close friend Ms Long-Bailey, Ms Rayner is distrusted by some on the left after backing Andy Burnham for leader in 2015 rather than Mr Corbyn.

Reports have suggested some around the Labour leader believe she was responsible for trying to undermine him.

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