What’s the story?
Jeremy Corbyn has been nominated by 35 Labour MPs to become the party’s next leader.
After Ed Miliband’s disappointing performance in May, Labour is currently holding a four month-long election to find his replacement. The party’s rules mean that, before its general membership can vote for their next boss, candidates must secure the support of 15% of Labour MPs (the Parliamentary Labour Party to give them their official name - or PLP for short).
Liz Kendall was the first politician to throw her name into the hat, and was soon joined by Yvette Cooper, Andy Burnham and Mary Creagh in the leadership contest. Initially Chuka Umunna also planned to stand, however he withdrew after ‘media intrusion’ into his private life.
Eyebrows were raised two weeks ago when Jeremy Corbyn, a veteran left-wing MP, announced that he also planned to stand to become leader.
This meant that there were five MPs hoping to secure the required 35 nominations by Monday’s midday deadline.
Andy Burnham topped the nomination leader board with 68 MPs backing him for the top job, he was followed by Yvette Cooper on 59 and then Liz Kendall who managed to secure support from 41 of her colleagues.
Mary Creagh was unable to attract enough nominees, so decided to withdraw from the contest shortly before the results were announced (and followed me on Twitter exactly one minute afterwards!).
However, the main story is that Jeremy Corbyn went from no-hoper two weeks ago to finding enough support to put him on the leadership ballot paper. With seconds to spare, he reached 36 nominations - ensuring that he passes through to the next round.
Among his backers are Deputy Leadership candidates Rushanara Ali and Tom Watson, as well as London…