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Sir Keir Starmer is front runner in Labour leadership race

Sir Keir Starmer is the front runner to replace Jeremy Corbyn as the Labour leader.

Sir Keir has won the backing of the UK’s largest trade union Unison.

And he’s been formally nominated by 41 Labour MPs.

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His closest rivals Rebecca Long-Bailey has 17 votes and Jess Phillips has 16.

Other runners: Lisa Nandy 11, Emily Thornberry three and Clive Lewis one.

Barry Gardiner, the pro-Corbyn shadow Trade Secretary, is considering a shock run for the leadership in a major challenge to Ms Long-Bailey.

Unison General secretary Dave Prentis said:

“Keir has a clear vision to get Labour back to the winning ways of the past.

He is best placed to take on Boris Johnson, hold his government to account and ensure Labour can return to power and once more change working people’s lives for the better.”

Sir Keir, 57,  said: “I’m delighted and honoured to be backed by Unison.

“It’s a really fantastic thing to have their support, and what I want to do is lead a united Labour party that works with the trade unions.”

 

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