Labour leadership: What happens next?

Five candidates for Labour leader have cleared the first hurdle, securing enough nominations from MP and MEP colleagues to make it to the next stage.

Rebecca Long-Bailey, Lisa Nandy, Emily Thornberry, Jess Phillips and Keir Starmer were all confirmed to have secured enough support this afternoon for their bid to replace Jeremy Corbyn in April.

 

Of those hoping to replace Tom Watson as deputy leader, Rosena Allin-Khan, Richard Burgon, Dawn Butler, Ian Murray and Angela Rayner all secured the required nominations.

 

Some MPs, including Sam Tarry, chose to “lend” their vote to a candidate other than their preferred winner in the hope of opening up the contest.

 

Keir Starmer is currently odds-on favourite to replace Corbyn, but before members have their say each candidate for leader and deputy leader will also have to secure support from either 5% of CLPs, 33, or three affiliates, two of which should be trade unions.

 

Only Unison has declared support for a candidate so far, with the union opting for Keir Starmer.

 

CLP nominations could provide an early indicator each candidates support amongst the membership.

 

As well as trade unions, affiliates include socialist societies including the Jewish Labour Movement and the Fabians.

 

Those candidates who secure the support required by 15 February will proceed to the final ballot of members and registered supporters.

 

The new leader will be announced at a special conference on 4 April.

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