Greater Manchester MP’s Rebecca Long Bailey and Lisa Nandy have both made it through to the next round of the contest to be the next Labour leader.

They join Sir Keir Starmer,Emily Thornberry and Jess Phillips in the race and to progress further will now need to receive the backing of at least 33 local Labour branches, or three affiliate organisations – two of which must be trade unions.

All five remaining candidates in the running to be deputy leader have made it through to the next stage of the contest.Richard Burgon, Dawn Butler and Rosena Allin-Khan joined Angela Rayner and Ian Murray after all receiving the 22 nominations they needed from colleagues.

Nandy said it was not the time to “play it safe” as she warned the party would “die” unless it changed course in the wake of its historic election defeat.

Speaking just moments after it was confirmed she had secured the nominations of enough MPs and MEPs to move to the next stage of the contest, the Wigan MP said the party was “in retreat” after the loss many of its traditional heartlands at the election.


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