Emily Thornberry has narrowly made it through to the next round of the Labour management contest, as Clive Lewis pulled out of the race to succeed Jeremy Corbyn.
Announcing his resolution, the Norwich South MP stated it was “clear that I won’t get on the ballot” and he was pulling out “in the spirit of pluralism, diversity and generosity” in order that his supporters may again different candidates.
Mr Lewis’ transfer got here forward of the two.30pm deadline to safe the requisite 22 nominations from MPs and MEPs to make it through to the next round of the competition.
He was struggling to get that quantity, lagging behind his rivals with simply 5 nominations.
The destiny of Ms Thornberry’s candidacy hung within the steadiness as the clock ticked towards the deadline – the shadow international secretary was on 21 nominations with simply minutes to go.
But it was later confirmed that she had made it through with 23 nominations.
Four candidates – Sir Keir Starmer (89), Rebecca Long-Bailey (33), Lisa Nandy (31) and Jess Phillips (23) – already had the numbers to proceed.
Sir Keir, who is taken into account the frontrunner within the contest, stated: “I’m happy to have acquired the help of colleagues in parliament to make it to the next section of this contest.
“This has been a good-natured and respectful begin to the talk about the way forward for the Labour Party.
“Lots of important issues have been raised by all the candidates in the race so far.”
Sir Keir has appointed MPs Carolyn Harris and David Lammy to act as vice-chairs of his marketing campaign.
Former chief Ed Miliband introduced earlier that he was backing Sir Keir, the shadow Brexit secretary, as the very best candidate to “deliver 21st century socialism”.
Mr Miliband, who led the get together from 2010 to 2015, can also be supporting shadow schooling secretary Angela Rayner for deputy chief.
He stated she has the flexibility to “inspire our party and movement”.
Ms Rayner has sufficient nominations to get through to the next round (88), as does Edinburgh South MP Ian Murray (34).
They had been joined by shadow sport minister Rosena Allin-Khan (23), shadow equalities minister Dawn Butler (29) and shadow justice secretary Richard Burgon (22), who hit the edge with hours to spare earlier than the deadline.