The field of candidates to replace Jeremy Corbyn as leader of the opposition Labour party is set to narrow on Monday when the deadline for nominations closes.
So far, only four candidates: shadow Brexit secretary, Keir Starmer, Jess Phillips, Lisa Nandy and Rebecca Long-Bailey have reached the threshold of 22 nominations from the party’s MPs and MEPs. Ben Fox reports.
Shadow Foreign Minister Emily Thornberry and Clive Lewis are set to fall short and be eliminated from the race on Monday. For the moment, Starmer, who campaigned strongly for a second Brexit referendum, is the front-runner, with 68 nominations.
Following the nomination process, the candidates will take a three-month campaign to the party’s near 500,000 members. (Benjamin Fox, EURACTIV.com)