Tuesday 21 January 2020
STARMER THROUGH, JESS TO FALL?
The GMB union is expected to announce who it is backing later today, with its nomination expected to go to either Starmer or Nandy. Four of the leadership candidates pitched for the GMB nomination at a hustings event this morning. The absence of Jess Phillips from the hustings has led to feverish media speculation that she is going to withdraw from the contest. She is currently trailing in last place with zero nominations, had a nightmare hustings debut on Saturday and is expected to make an announcement this afternoon.
The deadline for nominations is February 14. This is the current state of play in both contests.
Keir Starmer: 12 CLPs + 3 affiliates (qualified)
Rebecca Long-Bailey: 4 CLPs + 1 union affiliate
Lisa Nandy: 0 CLPs + 1 union affiliate
Emily Thornberry: 2 CLPs
Jess Phillips: 0 CLPs
Deputy leadership election
Angela Rayner: 11 CLPs + 3 affiliates (qualified)
Richard Burgon: 2 CLPs + 1 union affiliate
Dawn Butler: 2 CLPs
Ian Murray: 2 CLPs
Rosena Allin-Khan: 1 CLP