The Staggers 19 May 2010 Blogosphere campaign to kick-start John McDonnell’s nomination “The party needs a strong left-wing voice and John is the obvious candidate.” Print HTML As Ed Balls prepares to announce his intention to stand in the forthcoming Labour leadership election, Sunny Hundal is doing his bit to widen the field of would-be Labour leaders still further by encouraging MPs to sign John McDonnell's nomination papers. Nominations close a week tomorrow and any candidate that wants to enter the race needs at least 33 signatories. McDonnell has already complained that the brief nomination period disadvantages less established candidates while benefiting well-known faces such as the former foreign secretary David Miliband. "I think it undermines the democratic process from the outset," he told the BBC News Channel. The blogosphere might now be McDonnell's salvation. Writing on his Liberal Conspiracy blog today, Hundal says he is convinced the "party needs a strong left-wing voice and John is the obvious candidate". Hundal lists the MPs who backed McDonnell in May 2007 prior to Tony Blair's departure. (In the end, Gordon Brown was spared a leadership contest three years ago.) He also lists other members of the Socialist Campaign Group who didn't nominate him last time around, and encourages readers to "pick one or two names, find out their office numbers, call them and politely ask whether they would be nominating John McDonnell and why it's important that they do". These nominated him last time 1. Diane Abbott MP, Hackney North and Stoke Newington2. Ronnie Campbell MP, Blyth Valley3. Martin Caton MP, Gower4. Michael Clapham MP, Barnsley West and Penistone5. Katy Clark MP, North Ayrshire and Arran6. Harry Cohen MP, Leyton and Wanstead7. Frank Cook MP, Stockton North8. Jeremy Corbyn MP, Islington North9. Jim Cousins MP, Newcastle-upon-Tyne Central10. Ann Cryer MP, Keighley11. David Drew MP, Stroud12. Bill Etherington MP, Sunderland North13. Mark Fisher MP, Stoke-on-Trent Central14. Paul Flynn MP, Newport West15. Neil Gerrard MP, Walthamstow16. Dr Ian Gibson MP, Norwich North17. Nia Griffith MP, Llanelli18. David Heyes MP, Ashton-under-Lyne19. Kelvin Hopkins MP, Luton North20. Lynne Jones MP, Birmingham, Selly Oak21. Michael Meacher MP, Oldham West and Royton -- stepped down22. Gordon Prentice MP, Pendle23. Linda Riordan MP, Halifax -- has endorsed Ed Miliband24. Alan Simpson MP, Nottingham South25. Dennis Skinner MP, Bolsover26. David Taylor MP, North West Leicestershire27. Robert Wareing MP, Liverpool, West Derby28. Mike Wood MP, Batley and Spen Other members of the Socialist Campaign Group who didn't nominate him 29. David Anderson MP30. John Cryer MP31. David Hamilton MP -- has endorsed Ed Miliband32. Kelvin Hopkins MP33. Ian Lavery MP34. Austin Mitchell MP › CommentPlus: pick of the papers Jon Bernstein, former deputy editor of New Statesman, is a digital strategist and editor. He tweets @Jon_Bernstein. From only £1 per week Subscribe More Related articles The Fire Brigades Union reaffiliates to Labour - what does it mean? John Gray on the future of the state on the NS Podcast Could Labour lose the Oldham by-election?