A timeline has now been set out for the departure of Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader.
Yesterday, the party’s General Secretary Jennie Formby proposed that the contest begin on 7th January, with a new leader in place by the end of March.
Despite this timeframe, however, several candidates are already jostling for position, and we’re beginning to see the list of Corbyn replacements take shape. Who’s in the lead, among the bookies, at this early stage? [odds via Ladbrokes]
Rebecca Long-Bailey (15/8)
MP for Salford and Eccles and Shadow Business Secretary. Seen as the heir to Jeremy Corbyn.
Lisa Nandy (7/2)
MP for Wigan and former Shadow Energy and Climate Change Secretary. Was willing to support a soft Brexit. Comes from the “soft left” wing of the Labour Party.
Keir Starmer (6/1)
MP for Holborn and St Pancras, and Shadow Brexit Secretary. Served as Director of Public Prosecutions before entering Parliament.
Angela Rayner (8/1)
MP for Ashton-under-Lyne and Shadow Education Secretary. Former care worker and trade union representative.
Jess Phillips (10/1)
MP for Birmingham Yardley. Along with Starmer, would be the most anti-Brexit candidate on offer.