2020 Labour Party leadership election

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2020 Labour Party leadership election
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Turnout490,731 (62.58%)[1]
  Official portrait of Keir Starmer crop 2.jpg Official portrait of Rebecca Long Bailey crop 2.jpg Official portrait of Lisa Nandy crop 2.jpg
Candidate Keir Starmer Rebecca Long-Bailey Lisa Nandy
Popular vote 275,780 135,218 79,597
Percentage 56.2% 27.6% 16.2%

Leader before election

Jeremy Corbyn

Elected Leader

Keir Starmer

The 2020 Labour Party leadership election was held between 21 February – 4 April 2020 to elect a leader to replace Jeremy Corbyn. On 13 December 2019, Corbyn announced that he would not lead the Labour Party into the next general election, following the party's poor performance in the December 2019 election.[2]

It was won by Keir Starmer who received 56.2 per cent of the vote on the first round. It was held alongside the 2020 Labour Party deputy leadership election.

Background[change | change source]

Jeremy Corbyn was elected Labour Party leader in a 2015 leadership election and re-elected leader in 2016 after a challenge from Owen Smith. While Labour gained seats in the 2017 general election, the party lost 60 seats in the 2019 election, its worst result since the 1935 general election. Corbyn announced that he would resign after a "process of reflection".[3]

Timetable[change | change source]

The timetable for the election was set by the party's National Executive Committee on 6 January 2020.[4]

  • 7 January: Nominations from the PLP and EPLP open
  • 13 January: Nominations from the PLP and EPLP close
  • 14 January (17:00): Registered supporter applications open
  • 15 January: Nominations from CLPs and affiliates open
  • 16 January (17:00): Registered supporter applications close
  • 20 January (17:00): Party members and affiliate members must join by this date to be eligible to vote
  • 14 February: Nominations from CLPs and affiliates close
  • 21 February: Voting starts
  • 2 April (12:00): Voting closes
  • 4 April: Result announced

Candidates[change | change source]

Declared[change | change source]

The following individuals have been nominated as official candidates by the party:

Candidate Born Political office Announced Nominated Campaign Ref.
Official portrait of Rebecca Long Bailey crop 2.jpg
Rebecca Long-Bailey
22 September 1979
(age 41)
Stretford, Greater Manchester, England
Shadow business secretary (2017–present)
MP for Salford and Eccles (2015–present)
Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury (2016–17)
Shadow treasury minister (2015–16)
6 January 2020[5] 29 January 2020 Campaign [6]
Official portrait of Lisa Nandy MP crop 2.jpg
Lisa Nandy
9 August 1979
(age 41)
Manchester, England
MP for Wigan (since 2010)
Shadow energy secretary (2015–2016)
4 January 2020[7] 22 January 2020 Campaign [8]
Official portrait of Keir Starmer crop 2.jpg
Keir Starmer
2 September 1962
(age 58)
Southwark, London, England
Shadow Brexit secretary (since 2017)
MP for Holborn and St Pancras (since 2015)
Shadow immigration minister (2015-16)
4 January 2020[9] 20 January 2020 Campaign [10]

Eliminated[change | change source]

Candidate Born Political office Announced Eliminated Endorsed Campaign
Official portrait of Rt Hon Emily Thornberry MP crop 2.jpg
Emily Thornberry
27 July 1960
(age 60)
Guildford, Surrey
Shadow First Secretary of State (2017–present)
Shadow foreign secretary (2016–present)
MP for Islington South and Finsbury (2005–present)
Shadow Brexit secretary (2016)
Shadow defence secretary (2016)
Shadow employment minister (2015–16)
Shadow Attorney General (2011–2014)
18 December 2019[11] 14 February 2020 Campaign

Withdrawn[change | change source]

Candidate Born Political office Announced Withdrew Endorsed Campaign
Official portrait of Clive Lewis crop 2.jpg
Clive Lewis
11 September 1971
(age 49)
London, England
Shadow treasury minister (2018–present)
MP for Norwich South (2015–present)
Shadow business secretary (2016–17)
Shadow defence secretary (2016)
19 December 2019[12] 13 January 2020[13] Campaign
Official portrait of Jess Phillips MP crop 2.jpg
Jess Phillips
9 October 1981
(age 39)
Birmingham, England
MP for Birmingham Yardley (since 2015) 3 January 2020[14] 21 January 2020[15] Lisa Nandy[16] Campaign

Declined[change | change source]

The following individuals were discussed in the media as potential leadership candidates, but chose not to stand:

PLP and EPLP Nominations[change | change source]

Candidates first need to be nominated by at least 10% (twenty-two) of current Labour MPs and MEPs, who make up the Parliamentary Labour Party (PLP) and the European Parliamentary Labour Party (EPLP).

The candidates who have passed this threshold need nominations from at least 5% (thirty-three) CLPs, or at least three affiliates including at least two trades unions that together represent at least 5% of affiliated members.

The table below shows the current number of nominations achieved by each candidate.

Candidate First stage
Labour MPs and MEPs
Second stage
Constituency Labour Parties Affiliates
Nominations[30] % Nominations[31][32] % Nominations[31][32]
Keir Starmer
88 / 212
[a]
41.5% Green tickY
369 / 647
57% Green tickY
12 / 32
Green tickY
Rebecca Long-Bailey
34 / 212
16% Green tickY
159 / 647
24.6% Green tickY
7 / 32
Green tickY
Lisa Nandy
31 / 212
14.6% Green tickY
71 / 647
11% Green tickY
3 / 32
Green tickY
Emily Thornberry
23 / 212
10.8% Green tickY
30 / 647
4.6% Red XN
0 / 32
Red XN
Jess Phillips (withdrawn)
23 / 212
10.8% Green tickY
0 / 647
0% Red XN
0 / 32
Red XN
Clive Lewis (withdrawn)
5 / 212
2.4%
Total nominations
198 / 212
[b]
93.4%
630 / 647
97.4%
22 / 32
  1. Starmer did not formally nominate himself, therefore the Labour Party lists him as having received 88 nominations, whereas some reports of the contest list him as having received 89 nominations
  2. Not including Lewis's nominations and not taking Starmer as having nominated himself

Timeline[change | change source]

Candidate status
Nominated candidate
Eliminated candidate
Withdrawn candidate
Events
Corbyn announces his resignation
Nominations from the PLP and EPLP close
First leadership hustings
Nominations from CLPs and affiliates close
Membership ballot opens
Membership ballot closes
Result announced
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List of supporters[change | change source]

Starmer Trevor Chinn

References[change | change source]

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