Lisa Nandy thanks Labour supporters as leadership contest ballot ends

Voting in the race to replace Jeremy Corbyn as Labour chief ended today, and Wigan MP Lisa Nandy thanked supporters ahead of a new leader of the opposition being announced at the weekend.
Sir Keir Starmer, Lisa Nandy and Rebecca Long-BaileySir Keir Starmer, Lisa Nandy and Rebecca Long-Bailey
Sir Keir Starmer, Lisa Nandy and Rebecca Long-Bailey

Those eligible to vote had until midday to make their choice before the new leader is revealed on Saturday.

Ms Nandy, one of three contenders for the gig alongside Sir Keir Starmer and Rebecca Long-Bailey, took to Twitter to post a video in which she thanked Labour supporters, regardless of who they voted for, for helping reignite the party following December's general election result.

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Mr Corbyn announced he was quitting after leading the party to its worst election showing since the 1930s in the December snap general election.

The latter stage of the leadership race has been overshadowed by the coronavirus outbreak.

The winner of the contest to become Labour's deputy leader will also be unveiled at the same time.

Shadow education secretary Angela Rayner has been seen as the favourite to take the post of deputy leader.

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Ms Rayner is in a race against Dawn Butler, Ian Murray, Dr Rosena Allin-Khan and Richard Burgon.

On February 21 the ballot opened, with voting papers sent out to party members, members of affiliated trade unions and groups and 14,700 "registered supporters" who paid £25 to take part on a one-off basis.

Because of the coronavirus emergency the winners of the two contests will no longer be unveiled at a "special conference" as originally planned.

Instead, the winners will be announced at a scaled-back event with candidates having pre-recorded victory speeches.

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