Show Hide image UK 30 June 2015 25 Labour parliamentary candidates back Liz Kendall for the Labour leadership 25 parliamentary candidates from across the country have endorsed Liz Kendall's bid for the Labour leadership. Print HTML 25 defeated parliamentary candidates have endorsed Liz Kendall in an open letter to the New Statesman. The candidates – who stood in seats both inside and outside Labour’s target list and come from across the party – say that they “believe the person best-placed to take Labour forwards and to win in the places where we lost on May 7 is Liz Kendall”. They highlight that her recent pledge to turn Britain into a “living wage society” shows she has the right ideas, “as well as the energy” to lead Labour. The candidates include Emily Benn, Tony Benn’s granddaughter, Matt Turmaine, the candidate for Kendall’s home seat of Watford, and Vicky Fowler, the candidate for Nuneaton, the seat that has become a symbol for the shock rout within the Labour party. The full letter is below: At the recent election, Labour lost seats across the country and failed to win in the areas where this election was decided. We must now decide how we respond to the challenges we face as a party. We believe that the person best-placed to take Labour forwards and to win in the places where we lost on May 7 is Liz Kendall. Her plan for a Living Wage society shows she has the ideas, as well as the energy, to lead our party. She can win back the trust of the British people and is committed to engaging both the party and local communities about how we shift power away from the centre and put it into the hands of those who need it most. Liz is the fresh start that our party needs. As we seek to come back from two painful defeats, Liz Kendall is the right person to lead that fight. Signed Jess Asato Norwich North Jack Abbott Central Suffolk and North Ipswich Gareth Barrett Epping Forest Emily Benn Croydon South Nick Bent Warrington South Michael Borio Ruislip, Northwood and Pinner John Fisher Aldridge Brownhills Vicky Fowler Nuneaton Kate Godfrey Stafford Vicky Groulef Reading West Nicola Heaton Mid Derbyshire Sarah Jones Croydon Central Naushabah Khan Rochester and Strood Ollie Middleton Bath Tristan Osbourne Chatham and Aylesford Andrew Pakes Milton Keynes South Jason Pandya-Woods Sleaford Liam Preston Brentwood and Ongar Steve Race East Devon Alex Sanderson Chelsea and Fulham Michael Taylor Hazel Grove Nick Thulbourn North West Cambridgeshire Matt Turmaine Watford Julian Ware-Lane Southend West Mary Wimbury Aberconwy › Let's be clear: there is no continuity candidate in the Labour leadership race Stephen Bush is special correspondent at the New Statesman. He usually writes about politics. Subscribe More Related articles Owen Smith calls Jeremy Corbyn "a lunatic" Jeremy Corbyn's Virgin video is a Jennifer's Ear for modern times After his latest reshuffle, who’s who on Donald Trump’s campaign team?