The Labour leadership race today cranks up a gear, with the formal nomination period opening this morning. MPs now have until noon on June 15th to secure the 35 nominations from fellow MPs required to make the ballot.
We’ve run through the latest on each of the candidate below, but first, here’s the current state of the race (we will update this periodically):
(Numbers via the Labour party website)
Liz Kendall just made it over the 35 mark overnight, with Gloria de Piero coming out for her, meaning this is now a three horse race. But many MPs and other party members are concerned at how narrow the contest is. Dagenham MP John Cruddas dismissed in a BBC interview the “Duracell bunnies running around shouting ‘aspiration aspiration.” Many hoped that Jeremy Corbyn—the MP for Islington North and a staunch left winger—would bring some more breadth to the debate, and Michael Meacher and Ronnie Campbell, previously Burnhamites, have both switched to the more radical Corbyn. But unless he puts in a heroic effort in the next week, he may not get his 35, and we may be left with just the three mainstream candidates.
After June 15th, the next major milestone is the closing of the ballot on September 10th, after which the winner will be announced in time for Labour’s summer conference at a special event on September 12th.