Who will amass the signatures they need? Photo: Getty
Show Hide image

Who nominated who for the 2015 Labour leadership election?

The leadership candidates needed the signatures of 35 MPs to make the ballot. Here's who backed whom. 

Andy Burnham, Liz Kendall, Yvette Cooper and Jeremy Corbyn have all made it onto the ballot paper for the Labour leadership race. Burnham, the bookies' favourite, squares off against Liz Kendall, from the party's modernising tendency, Cooper, from the party's centre, and Corbyn, from the party's left flank. The Labour leadership hopefuls needed 35 MPs to nominate them in order to run. Mary Creagh was unable to secure the support she needed and dropped out. 

Neither the departed leader, Ed Miliband, or the acting leader, Harriet Harman, nominated a candidate. The Chief Whip, Rosie Winterton, and the chair of the PLP, Jon Cryer, also stayed out of the race, as did Lindsay Hoyle, the deputy speaker of the Commons, and Ian Murray, the shadow secretary of state for Scotland. A further 22 MPs also refrained from nominating anyone. 

Who nominated who?


Andy Burnham (68)

Debbie Abrahams MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth

Heidi Alexander MP for Lewisham East

Dave Anderson MP for Blaydon

Hilary Benn MP for Leeds Central

Luciana Berger MP for Liverpool, Wavertree

Clive Betts MP for Sheffield South East

Paul Blomfield MP for Sheffield Central

Kevin Brennan MP for Cardiff West

Andrew Burnham MP for Leigh

Julie Cooper MP for Burnley

David Crausby MP for Bolton North East

Alex Cunningham MP for Stockton North

Wayne David MP for Caerphilly

Peter Dowd MP for Bootle

Michael Dugher MP for Barnsley East

Bill Esterson MP for Sefton Central

Paul Farrelly MP for Newcastle-Under-Lyme

Rob Flello MP for Stoke-On-Trent South

Yvonne Fovargue MP for Makerfield

Pat Glass MP for North West Durham

Mary Glindon MP for North Tyneside

Lilian Greenwood MP for Nottingham South

Margaret Greenwood MP for Wirral West

Nia Griffith MP for Llanelli

Andrew Gwynne MP for Denton and Reddish

Harry Harpham MP for Sheffield Brightside & Hillsborough

Carolyn Harris MP for Swansea East

Stephen Hepburn MP for Jarrow

Kate Hoey MP for Vauxhall

Kate Hollern MP for Blackburn

Dan Jarvis MP for Barnsley Central

Graham Jones MP for Hyndburn

Gerald Jones MP for Merthyr Tydfil and Rhymney

Barbara Keeley MP for Worsley and Eccles South

Ian Lavery MP for Wansbeck

Emma Lewell-Buck MP for South Shields

Ian Lucas MP for Wrexham

Holly Lynch MP for Halifax

Justin Madders MP for Ellesmere Port and Neston

Rachael Maskell MP for York Central

Chris Matheson MP for City of Chester

Kerry McCarthy MP for Bristol East

Andy McDonald MP for Middlesbrough

Conor McGinn MP for St Helens North

Liz McInnes MP for Heywood and Middleton

Alan Meale MP for Mansfield

Ian Mearns MP for Gateshead

Lisa Nandy MP for Wigan

Albert Owen MP for Ynys Mon

Teresa Pearce MP for Erith and Thamesmead

Lucy Powell MP for Manchester Central

Yasmin Qureshi MP for Bolton South East

Angela Rayner MP for Ashton-Under-Lyne

Jamie Reed MP for Copeland

Christina Rees MP for Neath

Rachel Reeves MP for Leeds West

Steve Rotheram MP for Liverpool, Walton

Owen Smith MP for Pontypridd

Jeff Smith MP for Manchester Withington

Keir Starmer MP for Holborn and St Pancras

Jo Stevens MP for Cardiff Central

Nick Thomas-Symonds MP for Torfaen

Anna Turley MP for Redcar

Karl Turner MP for Kingston Upon Hull East

Derek Twigg MP for Halton

Valerie Vaz MP for Walsall South

Alan Whitehead MP for Southampton Test

Iain Wright MP for Hartlepool



Yvette Cooper (59)

Jon Ashworth MP for Leicester South
Ian Austin MP for Dudley North
Adrian Bailey MP for West Bromwich West
Roberta Blackman-Woods MP for City of Durham
Lyn Brown MP for West Ham
Nick Brown MP for Newcastle Upon Tyne East
Chris Bryant MP for Rhondda
Karen Buck MP for Westminster North
Richard Burden MP for Birmingham, Northfield
Liam Byrne MP for Birmingham, Hodge Hill
Ruth Cadbury MP for Brentford and Isleworth
Ann Clwyd MP for Cynon Valley
Vernon Coaker MP for Gedling
Yvette Cooper MP for Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford
Judith Cummins MP for Bradford South
Jim Cunningham MP for Coventry South
Nic Dakin MP for Scunthorpe
Geraint Davies MP for Swansea West
Thangam Debbonaire MP for Bristol West
Jack Dromey MP for Birmingham, Erdington
Maria Eagle MP for Garston and Halewood
Jim Fitzpatrick MP for Poplar and Limehouse
Coleen Fletcher MP for Coventry North East
Vicky Foxcroft MP for Lewisham, Deptford
Helen Goodman MP for Bishop Auckland
Kate Green MP for Stretford and Urmston
Fabian Hamilton MP for Leeds North East
David Hanson MP for Delyn
Sue Hayman MP for Workington
John Healey MP for Wentworth and Dearne
Sharon Hodgson MP for Washington and Sunderland West
George Howarth MP for Knowsley
Diana Johnson MP for Hull North
Kevan Jones MP for North Durham
Helen Jones MP for Warrington North
Stephen Kinnock MP for Aberavon
Chris Leslie MP for Nottingham East
Khalid Mahmood MP for Birmingham, Perry Barr
Shabana Mahmood MP for Birmingham, Ladywood
Seema Malhotra MP for Feltham and Heston
John Mann MP for Bassetlaw
Stephen McCabe MP for Birmingham, Selly Oak
Catherine McKinnell MP for Newcastle Upon Tyne North
Madeleine Moon MP for Bridgend
Melanie Onn MP for Great Grimsby
Matthew Pennycook MP for Greenwich and Woolwich
Jess Phillips MP for Birmingham Yardley
Bridget Phillipson MP for Houghton and Sunderland South
Stephen Pound MP for Ealing North
Marie Rimmer MP for St Helens South and Whiston
Geoffrey Robinson MP for Coventry North West
Naz Shah MP for Bradford West
Virendra Sharma MP for Ealing, Southall
Paula Sherriff MP for Dewsbury
Andrew Slaughter MP for Hammersmith
Ruth Smeeth MP for Stoke-on-Trent North
Karin Smyth MP for Bristol South
John Spellar MP for Warley
Daniel Zeichner MP for Cambridge


Jeremy Corbyn (36)

Diane Abbott MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington

Rushanara Ali MP for Bethnal Green and Bow

Margaret Beckett MP for Derby South

Richard Burgon MP for Leeds East

Dawn Butler MP for Brent Central

Ronnie Campbell MP for Blyth Valley

Sarah Champion MP for Rotherham

Jeremy Corbyn MP for Islington North

Jo Cox MP for Batley and Spen

Neil Coyle MP for Bermondsey and Old Southwark

Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham

Clive Efford MP for Eltham

Frank Field MP for Birkenhead

Louise Haigh MP for Sheffield, Heeley

Kelvin Hopkins MP for Luton North

Rupa Huq MP for Ealing Central and Acton

Imran Hussain MP for Bradford East

Huw Irranca-Davies MP for Ogmore

Sadiq Khan MP for Tooting

David Lammy MP for Tottenham

Clive Lewis MP for Norwich South

Rebecca Long-Bailey MP for Salford and Eccles

Gordon Marsden MP for Blackpool South

John McDonnell MP for Hayes and Harlington

Michael Meacher MP for Oldham West and Royton

Grahame Morris MP for Easington

Chi Onwurah MP for Newcastle Upon Tyne Central

Kate Osamor MP for Edmonton

Tulip Siddiq MP for Hampstead and Kilburn

Dennis Skinner MP for Bolsover

Cat Smith MP for Lancaster and Fleetwood

Andrew Smith MP for Oxford East

Gareth Thomas MP for Harrow West

Emily Thornberry MP for Islington South and Finsbury

Jon Trickett MP for Hemsworth

Catherine West MP for Hornsey and Wood Green



Liz Kendall (41)

Kevin Barron MP for Rother Valley

Tom Blenkinsop MP for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland

Jenny Chapman MP for Darlington

Ann Coffey MP for Stockport

Simon Danczuk MP for Rochdale

Gloria De Piero MP for Ashfield

Stephen Doughty MP for Cardiff South and Penarth

Jim Dowd MP for Lewisham West & Penge

Julie Elliott MP for Sunderland Central

Louise Ellman MP for Liverpool, Riverside

Chris Evans MP for Islwyn

Paul Flynn MP for Newport West

Mike Gapes MP for Ilford South

Mark Hendrick MP for Preston

Margaret Hodge MP for Barking

Tristram Hunt MP for Stoke-On-Trent Central

Mike Kane MP for Wythenshawe and Sale East

Liz Kendall MP for Leicester West

Peter Kyle MP for Hove

Ivan Lewis MP for Bury South

Fiona Mactaggart MP for Slough

Siobhain McDonagh MP for Mitcham and Morden

Pat McFadden MP for Wolverhampton South East

Alison McGovern MP for Wirral South

Jessica Morden MP for Newport East

Toby Perkins MP for Chesterfield CLP

Steve Reed MP for Croydon North

Johnny Reynolds MP for Stalybridge and Hyde

Emma Reynolds MP for Wolverhampton North East

Joan Ryan MP for Enfield North

Barry Sheerman MP for Huddersfield

Gavin Shuker MP for Luton South

Nick Smith MP for Blaenau Gwent

Angela Smith MP for Penistone and Stocksbridge

Wes Streeting MP for Ilford North

Gisela Stuart MP for Birmingham, Edgbaston

Stephen Timms MP for East Ham

Stephen Twigg MP for Liverpool, West Derby

Chuka Umunna MP for Streatham

Phil Wilson MP for Sedgefield

John Woodcock MP for Barrow and Furness


Did not nominate (25)

Susan Elan Jones MP for Clwyd South

Helen Hayes MP for Dulwich and West Norwood

Alan Campbell MP for Tynemouth

Alan Johnson MP for West Hull and Hessle

Rosie Cooper MP for West Lancashire

Angela Eagle MP for Wallasey

Barry Gardiner MP for Brent North

Ben Bradshaw MP for Exeter

Caroline Flint MP for Don Valley

David Winnick MP for Wallsall North

Ed Miliband MP for Doncaster North
Gerald Kaufman MP for Manchester Gorton

Graham Allen MP for Nottingham North

Graham Stringer MP for Blackley and Broughton

Harriet Harman MP for Camberwell and Peckham

Stella Creasy MP for Walthamstow

Rob Marris MP for Wolverhampton South West

John Cryer MP for Leyton and Wanstead

Rosie Winterton MP for Doncaster Central

Keith Vaz MP for Leicester East

Lindsay Hoyle MP for Chorley

Roger Godsiff MP for Birmingham Hall Green

Mark Tami MP for Alyn and Deeside

Meg Hillier MP for Hackney South and Shoreditch

Natascha Engel MP for North East Derbyshire

Tom Watson MP for West Bromwich East



Now listen to the NS team discussing the Labour leadership contest on the NS podcast:


Photo: Getty
Show Hide image

UnHerd's rejection of the new isn't as groundbreaking as it seems to think

Tim Montgomerie's new venture has some promise, but it's trying to solve an old problem.

Information overload is oft-cited as one of the main drawbacks of the modern age. There is simply too much to take in, especially when it comes to news. Hourly radio bulletins, rolling news channels and the constant stream of updates available from the internet – there is just more than any one person can consume. 

Luckily Tim Montgomerie, the founder of ConservativeHome and former Times comment editor, is here to help. Montgomerie is launching UnHerd, a new media venture that promises to pull back and focus on "the important things rather than the latest things". 

According to Montgomerie the site has a "package of investment", at least some of which comes from Paul Marshall. He is co-founder of one of Europe's largest hedge funds, Marshall Wace, formerly a longstanding Lib Dem, and also one of the main backers and chair of Ark Schools, an academy chain. The money behind the project is on display in UnHerd's swish (if slightly overwhelming) site, Google ads promoting the homepage, and article commissions worth up to $5,000. The selection of articles at launch includes an entertaining piece by Lionel Shriver on being a "news-aholic", though currently most of the bylines belong to Montgomerie himself. 

Guidelines for contributors, also meant to reflect the site's "values", contain some sensible advice. This includes breaking down ideas into bullet points, thinking about who is likely to read and promote articles, and footnoting facts. 

The guidelines also suggest focusing on what people will "still want to read in six, 12 or 24 months" and that will "be of interest to someone in Cincinnati or Perth as well as Vancouver or St Petersburg and Cape Town and Edinburgh" – though it's not quite clear how one of Montgomerie's early contributions, a defence of George Osborne's editorship of the Evening Standard, quite fits that global criteria. I'm sure it has nothing to do with the full page comment piece Montgomerie got in Osborne's paper to bemoan the deficiencies of modern media on the day UnHerd launched. 

UnHerd's mascot  – a cow – has also created some confusion, compounded by another line in the writing tips describing it as "a cow, who like our target readers, tends to avoid herds and behave in unmissable ways as a result". At least Montgomerie only picked the second-most famous poster animal for herding behaviour. It could have been a sheep. In any case, the line has since disappeared from the post – suggesting the zoological inadequacy of the metaphor may have been recognised. 

There is one way in which UnHerd perfectly embodies its stated aim of avoiding the new – the idea that we need to address the frenetic nature of modern news has been around for years.

"Slow news" – a more considered approach to what's going on in the world that takes in the bigger picture – has been talked about since at least the beginning of this decade.

In fact, it's been around so long that it has become positively mainstream. That pusher of rolling coverage the BBC has been talking about using slow news to counteract fake news, and Montgomerie's old employers, the Times decided last year to move to publishing digital editions at set points during the day, rather than constantly updating as stories break. Even the Guardian – which has most enthusiastically embraced the crack-cocaine of rolling web coverage, the live blog – also publishes regular long reads taking a deep dive into a weighty subject. 

UnHerd may well find an audience particularly attuned to its approach and values. It intends to introduce paid services – an especially good idea given the perverse incentives to chase traffic that come with relying on digital advertising. The ethos it is pitching may well help persuade people to pay, and I don't doubt Montgomerie will be able to find good writers who will deal with big ideas in interesting ways. 

But the idea UnHerd is offering a groundbreaking solution to information overload is faintly ludicrous. There are plenty of ways for people to disengage from the news cycle – and plenty of sources of information and good writing that allow people to do it while staying informed. It's just that given so many opportunities to stay up to date with what has just happened, few people decide they would rather not know.