So far four candidates are already through to the next stage: Keir Starmer, Rebecca Long-Bailey, Lisa Nandy and Jess Phillips. Emily Thornberry confidently declared yesterday that she will get the nominations, although last night she had only 10, while Clive Lewis, with four nominations, admitted that it was going to be difficult for him to get through.
Even if Thornberry and Lewis do win enough nominations to stay in the race, they will find the next stage even harder. Those candidates who have enough MP and MEP nominations then have until 14 February to secure additional nominations from trade unions and other groups affiliated to the Labour Party or from local Labour parties. In order to get on the ballot paper that will go to members and supporters for the final vote, candidates need either a minimum level of support from affiliated organisations, or 33 nominations from local Labour parties.
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