Published: Wed, January 22, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

Jess Phillips absent from GMB hustings with announcement "imminent"

Jess Phillips absent from GMB hustings with announcement

The shadow business secretary has the backing of the current Labour leadership and is viewed as the "continuity Corbyn" candidate - a label she has rejected.

Announcing her decision in a video message, Birmingham MP Yardley said the next leader should be able to unite the entire labor movement.

To make it onto the ballot each candidate needs to secure the nominations from 5% of constituency Labour parties (CLPs) or three affiliate groups - two of which must be trade unions - representing at least 5% of affiliated members.

Now in last place after Ms Phillips abandoned her leadership bid, shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry claimed that if she were elected Labour leader, she would "frighten the life" out of Boris Johnson during Prime Minister's Questions.

But the initial numbers, revealed to the Huffington Post website by a party insider, are likely to make for grim reading for Ms Long-Bailey with numerous people joining thought to be moderates who left the party under Mr Corbyn's leadership.

Ms Nandy said: "Labour is at a crossroads".

Rival candidate Lisa Nandy, who may now get the endorsement of Phillips as she recently told ITV, tweeted: "I'm sorry to see Jess drop out".

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All five candidates - Ms Long-Bailey, Sir Keir Starmer, Lisa Nandy, Emily Thornberry and Jess Phillips - are now locked in a battle to make it onto the final ballot of party members.

"If that deal had happened the Tory party would have nearly certainly fallen a party and Labour in those circumstances might have even won the general election".

The Labour Party has developed a widespread base of activists who have been strong supporters of the Corbyn project since 2015 and candidates will need to appeal to it in order to be successful.

"The more members see of Lisa in this contest the more impressed they will be by her ambition, optimism and decisive leadership". She had not yet received nominations from unions, affiliated organizations or local parties.

The GMB also also nominated Angela Rayner to be Labour's deputy leader, with Mr Roache saying: "With Lisa and Angela at the helm, Labour can do things differently".

The victor of the contest is due to be announced at a special event on April 4.

"Lisa won't shy away from the tough challenges or bold decisions that lie ahead because she knows that after 15 years of losing elections, more of the same won't cut it".

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