Monday 13 January 2020


Labour leadership hopefuls will discover this afternoon whether they have gathered enough nominations to proceed to the next stage of the process.  There hasn't been a great deal of movement over the weekend and Thornberry and Lewis have failed to add to their tallies.  Dozens of MPs have yet to endorse a candidate, so it's all still to play for, albeit neither are expected to reach the 22 nominations required to proceed.

Keir Starmer - 68 nominations
Rebecca Long-Bailey - 26
Lisa Nandy - 24
Jess Phillips - 22

Emily Thornberry - 10
Clive Lewis - 4

The deputy leadership contest is looking decidedly more interesting at this late stage with three candidates still in with a shout of reaching the threshold.  Dickie Burgon is still four votes short and failure to get there would be a huge blow to the hard left.  The two contenders safely through are both seen as moderates.  Rayner's enthusiasm for a 'joint ticket' alongside her friend Long-Bailey is not shared by the hard left.  The likes of McDonnell and Diane Abbott have backed Burgon for the role, but will he make the cut?  Nominations close at 14:30hrs this afternoon.

Angela Rayner - 72
Ian Murray - 30

Richard Burgon - 18
Rosena Allin-Khan - 17
Dawn Butler - 15

Khalid Mahmood - 3 (withdrawn)