FIVE candidates will battle it out to become the Labour leader after a late show of support saw Emily Thornberry scrape through to the next stage.
The shadow foreign secretary was short of the 22 nominations required as yesterday’s 2.30pm deadline approached but finally secured 23.
Shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer led the way with 89 nominations. Rebecca Long-Bailey had 33, Lisa Nandy 31 and Jess Phillips 23.
Shadow Treasury minister Clive Lewis abandoned his own bid yesterday afternoon.
Hustings will start on January 18 in Liverpool, and go on to Durham, Bristol, Cardiff, Birmingham, Glasgow and London. But Sir Keir was ‘disappointed’ debates would not be held in the south-east, the east of England or Yorkshire — where Labour lost key seats.
Three MPs also qualified for the next stage in the deputy leader race yesterday. Rosena Allin-Khan, Richard Burgon and Dawn Butler joined Ian Murray and Angela Rayner.
Candidates in both races must now get the backing of 33 local parties or three Labour affiliates.