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Why Corbyn-backing MPs aren’t all supporting Rebecca Long-Bailey

Analysis of Labour leadership nominations reminds us MPs' decisions aren't always rational—and the party's factional lines are blurrier than we might think

By Tom King  

Labour's shadow business secretary Rebecca Long Bailey looks at Brexit Party chairman Richard Tice, next to former Green Party co-leader Caroline Lucas during a general election debate in Cardiff, Britain November 29, 2019. REUTERS/Hannah McKay/Pool

The race to succeed Jeremy Corbyn is now underway, with contenders competing for the 22 MP and MEP nominations they need to make it through to the contest’s next round. That these nominations are made public provides a fascinating insight into the dynamics at play in the Parliamentary Labour Party (PLP) and allows us to delve back to previous leadership elections to see how they inform the current one.

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