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Undecided Labour MPs Under Pressure to Choose ‘Unlikely’ Candidate

Abbott: Needs more nominations

Labour MPs who have yet to nominate one of the candidates for leader are under pressure to back one of the candidates unlikely to win.

Activists have been lobbying MPs to nominate Diane Abbott, John McDonnell and Andy Burnham in an attempt to ensure that the ballot paper reflects the widest possible choice.

At present, only three of the six candidates have secured enough nominations to be officially on the ballot paper: Ed Balls, Ed Miliband, and David Miliband.

Andy Burnham has 17 nominations; John McDonnell has 7; and Diane Abbott has 1.

The list of official nominations is on the party’s website here.

The deadline for nominations is 9 June and there is mounting pressure on the 82 undecided MPs to back either Abbott, Burnham, or McDonnell.

Undecided BME MPs include: Rushanara Ali (Bethnal Green & Bow), Mark Hendrick (Preston), Chi Onwurah (Newcastle Upon Tyne Central), and Yasmin Qureshi (Bolton South East).

The party’s next leader will be announced on 25 September.

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