Labour leader hopeful Keir Starmer secures enough nominations to enter second stage of leadership contest

Sir Keir Starmer has secured the backing of enough Labour MPs to enter the second stage of the Labour leadership contest.

The shadow Brexit secretary, one of Wigan MP Lisa Nandy's rivals in the leadership contest, has 23 nominations from the parliamentary party - placing him well ahead of his main rival, Rebecca Long-Bailey, who is on seven so far.

Sir Keir Starmer

Sir Keir Starmer

According to figures published by the Labour Party, backbencher Jess Phillips has six backers, while Ms Nandy has two.

Shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry has just one nomination so far, and Clive Lewis has none.

Candidates need nominations from 10% of Labour MPs and MEPs - which totals 212, making the required threshold 22.

Nominations from MPs and MEPs close on Monday January 13.

The figures were revealed as candidates vying to be party's deputy leader set out their stalls to MPs.

Among those in the race for the deputy post, triggered by Tom Watson's decision to quit, are shadow sports minister Rosena Allin-Khan and Labour's only MP in Scotland, Ian Murray.

Shadow cabinet ministers Angela Rayner, Dawn Butler and Richard Burgon, along with shadow Europe minister Khalid Mahmood, are also in the race for the job.

After the hustings, Ms Allin-Khan told reporters that she wanted to give NHS workers a discounted Labour Party membership.

"I think it would be really good to offer a subsidised subscription to the Labour Party for NHS staff so that healthcare assistants, receptionists, people at the coal face all have a say in how we fight for their party," she said.

"And if that works, that's something we could roll out across the board."