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Sir Keir Starmer has nominations from 23 of his colleagues
Sir Keir Starmer has become the first Labour leadership candidate to secure enough nominations to enter the race.The shadow Brexit secretary has the backing of 23 MPs and MEPs to replace Jeremy Corbyn - passing the minimum of 22 nominations.Shadow business secretary Rebecca Long Bailey is his closest competitor, securing seven nominations so far, followed by Jess Phillips with six. Nominations close on 13 January and the winner will be announced on 4 April.Those running to become deputy leader of the party have held a hustings in Parliament.
The candidates are shadow justice secretary Richard Burgon, shadow education secretary Angela Rayner, shadow women and equalities minister Dawn Butler, Scotland's only remaining Labour MP Ian Murray, Rosena Allin-Khan and Khalid Mahmood.Mr Murray told MPs he was running "because of my track record in beating the odds", saying: "I shouldn't be here. People like me from the housing estate where I was born and brought up in a single parent family don't become MPs. But I am."And I shouldn't be here because I wasn't supposed to win my marginal seat. But I did, by building a coalition of support."He said Labour was at "a dangerous crossroads", adding: "The choice is whether we become a credible alternative government or a party of perpetual opposition. I choose the former."
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Colleagues backing Sir Keir include two newly announced members of Labour's shadow cabinet - shadow culture secretary Tracy Brabin and shadow Brexit minister Thangam Debbonaire. Mrs Long Bailey's backers include deputy candidate Ms Rayner, while Birmingham Yardley MP Jess Phillips has the support Wes Streeting - an outspoken critic of Mr Corbyn over his handling of anti-Semitism allegations in the party. Wigan MP Lisa Nandy has two nominations and shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry has one. However, shadow Treasury minister Clive Lewis has yet to receive the official backing of any of his colleagues. Mr Corbyn said on Tuesday that he would not endorse any of the candidates and "won't be saying who I'll be voting for".">
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"But some things he got right," Mr Lewis added, "so in many ways he's renewed our party." The comments follow those of Mrs Long Bailey, who rated Mr Corbyn 10 out of 10 for his performance as leader.
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