Nominations from MPs, party members and affiliates have now closed, and up next the ballot opens for wider party members – some 485,000 – to cast their vote. Voting will close on April 2, and the new Labour Party leader will be announced on Saturday, April 4.
Just three candidates remain in the running – shadow business secretary Rebecca Long-Bailey, Wigan MP Lisa Nandy and shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer.
Whoever wins faces a major challenge ahead, with the party holding its lowest number of seats in the House of Commons since 1935.
Labour’s own internal review, leaked to the Financial Times, points the finger of blame at divisions over the party’s Brexit policy – and dismisses criticism of its “radical” manifesto and leader Jeremy Corbyn.
The three contenders to replace Mr Corbyn as leader have each given their own version of what went wrong and how they’d fix it – below is a look at each candidate and their odds, courtesy of The Pools.
1. Sir Kier Starmer
Odds: Polling as most likely to take the job, with 1/8 odds (88.5 percent)
Who is he?
Sir Keir was born in 1962 in Southwark, London, to his parents Rod – a toolmaker, and Josephine – a nurse.
Named after Labour’s first MP, Keir Hardie, he was one of four children and the first to pass the 11-plus, getting him a place at Reigate Grammar School.
From there, he went on to study law at the University of Leeds, graduating with a first in 1985, before moving onto post-graduate qualifications at St Edmund Hall, Oxford.
He married solicitor Victoria Alexander in 2007 and the couple have two children.
The 57-year-old shadow Brexit secretary was the first to make it on to the final ballot.
Sir Kier won the backing of Unison, the shopworkers’ union Usdaw, and the Socialist Environment and Resources Association (Sera), an affiliate group, and workers’ union Community.
A supporter of remaining in the EU, Sir Keir was director of public prosecutions before becoming MP for Holborn and St Pancras in 2015.
But critics have accused him of pushing Labour into its “renegotiate then referendum” Brexit position ahead of the 2019 election, which produced the worst electoral defeat since 1935.
In his candidate statement, Sir Kier said: “I’m now standing to be leader of our Labour Party because I’m determined to unite our movement, take on the Tories and build a better future.
“Labour only wins when we’re united and when we have a radical vision of the future that people can trust.”
2. Rebecca Long-Bailey
Odds: Polling as second most likely to take the job, with 7/1 odds (12.5 percent)
Who is she?
Mrs Long-Bailey was born in Old Trafford, Greater Manchester, in 1979.
Her father was a former docker and she has often spoken about how his experiences influenced her politics.
She started work in a pawn shop and also worked in call centres, a furniture factory and the post service.
Mrs Long-Bailey studied politics and sociology at Manchester Metropolitan University, and later studied law via part-time courses.
Her husband Stephen works for a chemicals company and they have a six-year-old son.
The 40-year-old shadow business secretary was the third candidate to make it on to the members’ ballot after securing backing from Unite, the Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union, the Communication Workers Union and the Fire Brigades Union.
Seen as a Corbyn loyalist, she was one of a new generation of MPs on the left of the party.
She formed part of Mr Corbyn’s inner circle and represented Labour in an election TV debate last year.
She is widely regarded as the preferred candidate of Mr Corbyn and his shadow chancellor, John McDonnell.
But critics of the current leadership have accused her of representing “continuity Corbyn”.
In her candidate statement, Mrs Long-Bailey said: “To realise collective aspiration, Labour must take on vested interests, not accommodate them.
“Whether we live Blyth or Brixton, my vision of aspirational socialism and a democratic revolution will excite a movement for renewal.”
3. Lisa Nandy
Odds: Polling as least likely to take the job, with 12/1 odds (7.69 percent)
Who is she?
Ms Nandy was born in 1979 in Manchester to Louise and Dipak Nandy.
Her grandfather was the Liberal MP for North Dorset in the 1940s, and she has described her father as “one of the few remaining” Marxists in the country.
She attended the mixed comprehensive Parrs Wood High School before moving to Holy Cross College in Bury.
From there, she went on to study politics at Newcastle University, followed by a master’s degree in public policy from Birkbeck, University of London.
Her partner is public relations consultant Andy Collis and in April 2015 they had a son.
The 40-year-old MP for Wigan became the second candidate to secure her place on the members’ ballot when she won the backing of affiliate group Chinese for Labour, on top of being backed by the GMB union and the National Union of Mineworkers.
On Friday, she also won the backing of the Jewish Labour Movement.
Ms Nandy worked in the charitable sector before entering politics in 2010, and became one of a group of shadow ministers who resigned from Jeremy Corbyn’s frontbench after the Brexit referendum.
She has become known for her support of smaller towns, saying the party needs to appeal to voters outside big cities if it is to win at the next election.
In her candidate statement, Ms Nandy said: “In December, voters sent us a clear message – change, or die.
“There are no more second chances for Labour.”
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