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News | Published February 24 2020

Voting begins for new Labour leader

Voting has begun today to determine who will replace outgoing Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn.

The candidates in question – Rebecca Long Bailey, Lisa Nandy and Sir Keir Starmer – will find out whether or not they have been successful on 4 April at a party conference.

The position of deputy leader is also being decided upon following the resignation of Tom Watson prior to the December election.

Favourite Angela Rayner is vying for the position, with contenders also including the Scotland’s only remaining MP, Ian Murray, shadow equalities minister Dawn Butler, MP for Tooting Rosena Allin-Khan and Richard Burgon, shadow justice secretary.

Voting will close on 2 April, allowing over a month for the 114,000 new members who joined the party after the general election, to vote.

Those who are members of affiliated trade unions and groups are also eligible to vote, alongside those who have paid £25 to cast their ballot on a one-off basis.

Preferential voting is used to determine the next leader, with voters able to cast their ballots via either email or a postal ballot.

All of the candidates have already received support from either three unions which represent five per cent of membership or 33 constituency Labour parties.

Corbyn was called upon to resign following December’s snap election which saw the party’s worst defeat since 1935.

Starmer is currently the favourite for the position, securing the greatest number of nominations from unions and CLPs.

The leadership hopeful opposed the government’s recent immigration plans, stating that the minimum salary threshold is not "the right measure for people coming to this country".

Nandy also commented on immigration, stating that the Labour party had treated voters who were concerned about immigration as "irrational or racist" in the past.

Long-Bailey focused elsewhere, referring to the next election as the "climate election".

Shadow home secretary, Diane Abbott, has announced that she will no longer serve on the front bench following the election of a new leader. She disclosed her support for Rebecca Long-Bailey as the next leader.

The candidates in question – Rebecca Long Bailey, Lisa Nandy and Sir Keir Starmer – will find out whether or not they have been successful on 4 April at a party conference.

The position of deputy leader is also being decided upon following the resignation of Tom Watson prior to the December election.

Favourite Angela Rayner is vying for the position, with contenders also including the Scotland’s only remaining MP, Ian Murray, shadow equalities minister Dawn Butler, MP for Tooting Rosena Allin-Khan and Richard Burgon, shadow justice secretary.

Voting will close on 2 April, allowing over a month for the 114,000 new members who joined the party after the general election, to vote.

Those who are members of affiliated trade unions and groups are also eligible to vote, alongside those who have paid £25 to cast their ballot on a one-off basis.

Preferential voting is used to determine the next leader, with voters able to cast their ballots via either email or a postal ballot.

All of the candidates have already received support from either three unions which represent five per cent of membership or 33 constituency Labour parties.

Corbyn was called upon to resign following December’s snap election which saw the party’s worst defeat since 1935.

Starmer is currently the favourite for the position, securing the greatest number of nominations from unions and CLPs.

The leadership hopeful opposed the government’s recent immigration plans, stating that the minimum salary threshold is not "the right measure for people coming to this country".

Nandy also commented on immigration, stating that the Labour party had treated voters who were concerned about immigration as "irrational or racist" in the past.

Long-Bailey focused elsewhere, referring to the next election as the "climate election".

Shadow home secretary, Diane Abbott, has announced that she will no longer serve on the front bench following the election of a new leader. She disclosed her support for Rebecca Long-Bailey as the next leader.


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