So, who are the 'moronic MPs' who nominated Jeremy Corbyn for the Labour leadership contest?

John McTernan said the 35 MPs who put Jeremy Corbyn on the ballot paper should be 'ashamed of themselves' after poll puts him on course to win

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The MPs who allowed Jeremy Corbyn to enter the Labour leadership contest so the party could "have a debate" are morons, according to a former adviser to Tony Blair.

Mr Corbyn, who is on course to become Labour leader according to the first public poll of those eligible to vote, scraped onto the ballot paper by winning the backing of 35 MPs - the minimum number of nominations needed to enter the race.

Some admitted nominating Mr Corbyn to ensure the contest represented the full spectrum of voices in the party and hoped members would dismiss the crazy views of the left in favour of a more mainstream candidate.

But John McTernan, who advised Mr Blair during his time as Prime Minister, blamed them for the "disastrous" poll, which gave Mr Corbyn an astonishing 17 per cent lead over the second-placed candidate, Andy Burnham.

In a blistering attack, Mr McTernan told BBC Two Newsnight: “The moronic MPs who nominated Jeremy Corbyn to ‘have a debate’ need their heads felt. They should be ashamed of themselves. They’re morons.”

So who were the 35 MPs?

Diane Abbott, MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington

Diane Abbott, one of Labour's candidates for London Mayor

Rushanara Ali, MP for Bethnal Green and Bow

Margaret Beckett, MP for Derby South

Margaret Beckett, the former foreign secretary under Tony Blair, has been rumoured to have regretted her decision to nominate Mr Corbyn

Richard Burgon, MP for Leeds East

Dawn Butler MP, for Brent Central

Ronnie Campbell, MP for Blyth Valley

Sarah Champion, MP for Rotherham

Sarah Champion has campaigned on behalf of child sex abuse victims

Jo Cox, MP for Batley and Spen

Neil Coyle, MP for Bermondsey and Old Southwark

Jon Cruddas, MP for Dagenham

Jon Cruddas, who is leading an independent review into Labour's election failure

Clive Efford, MP for Eltham

Frank Field, MP for Birkenhead

Frank Field, the former welfare reform minister and long-time anti-poverty campaigner

Louise Haigh, MP for Sheffield, Heeley

Kelvin Hopkins, MP for Luton North

Rupa Huq, MP for Ealing Central and Acton

Imran Hussain, MP for Bradford East

Huw Irranca-Davies, MP for Ogmore

Sadiq Khan, MP for Tooting

Sadiq Khan, another Labour candidate for London Mayor and served as shadow justice secretary under Ed Miliband

David Lammy, MP for Tottenham

David Lammy is also running to be Labour's candidate for London Mayor

Clive Lewis MP, for Norwich South

Rebecca Long-Bailey, MP for Salford and Eccles

Gordon Marsden, MP for Blackpool South

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 Siddiq, MP for Hampstead and Kilburn

Dennis Skinner, MP for Bolsover

It is no surprise that Dennis Skinner, the veteran hard-left MP for Bolsover is on the list of MPs who voted for Corbyn

Cat Smith, MP for Lancaster and Fleetwood

Andrew Smith, MP for Oxford East

Gareth Thomas, MP for Harrow West

Emily Thornberry, MP for Islington South and Finsbury

Emily Thornberry, who represents a neighbouring seat to Mr Corbyn, has said she hopes he won't win but nominated him anyway

Jon Trickett, MP for Hemsworth

Catherine West, MP for Hornsey and Wood Green

Mr McTernan said the damage must be undone by one or two of the three mainstream candidates pulling out of the race to ensure Mr Corbyn does not win and lurch Labour to the left.

“These figures are disastrous for the Labour Party, disastrous. The fact is the other candidates need to decide who is the ABC candidate - the Anyone But Corbyn candidate,” he said.

Attempting to explain why Mr Corbyn was performing so well with Labour party members, he gave a straight-forward answer: "Political parties are full of suicidally inclined activists and clearly some Labour members are suicidally inclined."