Emily Thornberry has narrowly made it via to the subsequent spherical of the Labour management contest, as Clive Lewis pulled out of the race to succeed Jeremy Corbyn.
Asserting his determination, the Norwich South MP mentioned it was “clear that I will not get on the poll” and he was pulling out “within the spirit of pluralism, range and generosity” in order that his supporters may again different candidates.
Mr Lewis’ transfer got here forward of the two.30pm deadline to safe the requisite 22 nominations from MPs and MEPs to make it via to the subsequent spherical of the competition.
He was struggling to get that quantity, lagging behind his rivals with simply 5 nominations.
The destiny of Ms Thornberry’s candidacy hung within the stability because the clock ticked towards the deadline – the shadow international secretary was on 21 nominations with simply minutes to go.
Nevertheless it was later confirmed that she had made it via with 23 nominations.
Reacting to the information, Ms Thornberry tweeted: “Due to my colleagues for his or her nominations. It is fantastic to have 4 robust ladies going via to the subsequent stage. I imagine we’ll all contribute to a superb debate so our members can select who can finest take Labour again into energy #FightingBackTogether.”
4 candidates – Sir Keir Starmer (89), Rebecca Lengthy-Bailey (33), Lisa Nandy (31) and Jess Phillips (23) – already had the numbers to proceed.
Sir Keir, who is taken into account the frontrunner within the contest, mentioned: “I am happy to have acquired the assist of colleagues in parliament to make it to the subsequent part of this contest.
“This has been a good-natured and respectful begin to the controversy about the way forward for the Labour Get together.
“Numerous necessary points have been raised by all of the candidates within the race up to now.”
Sir Keir has appointed MPs Carolyn Harris and David Lammy to behave as vice-chairs of his marketing campaign.
Former chief Ed Miliband introduced earlier that he was backing Sir Keir, the shadow Brexit secretary, as the very best candidate to “ship 21st century socialism”.
Mr Miliband, who led the get together from 2010 to 2015, can also be supporting shadow schooling secretary Angela Rayner for deputy chief.
He mentioned she has the power to “encourage our get together and motion”.
Ms Rayner has sufficient nominations to get via to the subsequent spherical (88), as does Edinburgh South MP Ian Murray (34).
They have been joined by shadow sport minister Rosena Allin-Khan (23), shadow equalities minister Daybreak Butler (29) and shadow justice secretary Richard Burgon (22), who hit the brink with hours to spare earlier than the deadline.