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Jeremy Corbyn makes Labour leadership ballot paper

15 June 2015

1:45 PM

15 June 2015

1:45 PM

Thanks to a last minute rush of nominations, Jeremy Corbyn has made it onto the Labour leadership ballot paper. Corbyn had 30 MPs backing him at 11am this morning and it seems some undecideds and Team Burnham defectors were persuaded it would be a good thing to have Corbyn in the contest, taking him to the 35 names he needed. The MP for Islington North is now the most left-wing candidate to fight a Labour leadership election since Tony Benn ran against Neil Kinnock in 1988.

But as you can see from the list of MPs nominating him below, many of those backing Corbyn are not his natural supporters. In fact some, such as Sadiq Khan, have radically different political stances. It seems that Corbyn was backed by this rainbow coalition so Labour can have a ‘proper debate’ about its future:

  • Diane Abbott MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington
  • Rushanara Ali MP for Bow & Bethnal Green
  • Margaret Beckett MP for Derby South
  • Richard Burgon MP for Leeds East
  • Dawn Butler MP for Brent Central
  • Ronnie Campbell MP for Blyth Valley
  • Sarah Champion MP for Rotherham
  • Jeremy Corbyn MP for Islington North
  • Jo Cox MP for Batley & Spen
  • Neil Coyle MP for Bermondsey & Old Southwark
  • Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham
  • Frank Field MP for Birkenhead
  • Louise Haigh MP for Shefield Heeley
  • Kelvin Hopkins MP for Luton North
  • Imran Hussain MP for Bradford West
  • Huw Irranca-Davis MP for Ogmore
  • Sadiq Khan MP for Tooting
  • David Lammy MP for Tottenham
  • Clive Lewis MP for Norwich South
  • Rebecca Long-Bailey MP for Salford & Eccles
  • John McDonnell MP for Hayes and Harlington
  • Michael Meacher MP for Oldham West and Royton
  • Grahame Morris MP for Easington
  • Chi Onwurah MP for Newcastle Upon Tyne Central
  • Kate Osamor MP for Edmonton
  • Tulip Saddiq MP for Hampstead & Kilburn
  • Dennis Skinner MP for Bolsover
  • Cat Smith MP for Lancaster and Fleetwood
  • Gareth Thomas MP for Harrow West
  • Emily Thornberry MP for Islington South and Finsbury
  • Jon Trickett MP for Hemsworth
  • Catherine West MP for Hornsey and Wood Green

There’ll be debate now about who benefits from Corbyn’s entry into the race. The most plausible theory is that Andy Burnham does, with Corbyn on the stage it becomes that much harder to paint Burnham as the left-wing candidate.

But, I suspect, that the biggest smiles today are to be found at Conservative Campaign Headquarters. The Conservatives will relish the impact that Corbyn will have on this contest and the debate about Labour’s direction.


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