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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



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Andy Burnham and Sadiq Khan are both slippery self-mythologisers – so why do we rate one more than the other?

Their obsessions with their childhoods have both become punchlines; but one of these jokes, it feels to me, is told with a lot more affection than the other.

Andy Burnham is a man whose policies and opinions seem to owe more to political expediency than they do to belief. He bangs on to the point of tedium about his own class, background and interests. As a result he’s widely seen as an unprincipled flip-flopper.

Sadiq Khan is a man whose policies and opinions seem to owe more to political expediency than they do to belief. He bangs on to the point of tedium about his own class, background and interests. As a result he’s the hugely popular mayor of London, the voice of those who’d be proud to think of themselves as the metropolitan liberal elite, and is even talked of as a possible future leader of the Labour party.

Oh, and also they were both born in 1970. So that’s a thing they have in common, too.

Why it is this approach to politics should have worked so much better for the mayor of London than the would-be mayor of Manchester is something I’ve been trying to work out for a while. There are definite parallels between Burnham’s attempts to present himself as a normal northern bloke who likes normal things like football, and Sadiq’s endless reminders that he’s a sarf London geezer whose dad drove a bus. They’ve both become punchlines; but one of these jokes, it feels to me, is told with a lot more affection than the other.

And yes, Burnham apparent tendency to switch sides, on everything from NHS privatisation to the 2015 welfare vote to the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn, has given him a reputation for slipperiness. But Sadiq’s core campaign pledge was to freeze London transport fares; everyone said it was nonsense, and true to form it was, and you’d be hard pressed to find an observer who thought this an atypical lapse on the mayor’s part. (Khan, too, has switched sides on the matter of Jeremy Corbyn.)

 And yet, he seems to get away with this, in a way that Burnham doesn’t. His low-level duplicity is factored in, and it’s hard to judge him for it because, well, it’s just what he’s like, isn’t it? For a long time, the Tory leadership’s line on London’s last mayor was “Boris is Boris”, meaning, look, we don’t trust him either, but what you gonna do? Well: Sadiq is Sadiq.

Even the names we refer to them by suggest that one of these two guys is viewed very differently from the other. I’ve instinctively slipped into referring to the mayor of London by his first name: he’s always Sadiq, not Khan, just as his predecessors were Boris and Ken. But, despite Eoin Clarke’s brief attempt to promote his 2015 leadership campaign with a twitter feed called “Labour Andy”, Burnham is still Burnham: formal, not familiar. 

I’ve a few theories to explain all this, though I’ve no idea which is correct. For a while I’ve assumed it’s about sincerity. When Sadiq Khan mentions his dad’s bus for the 257th time in a day, he does it with a wink to the audience, making a crack about the fact he won’t stop going on about it. That way, the message gets through to the punters at home who are only half listening, but the bored lobby hacks who’ve heard this routine two dozen times before feel they’re in the joke.

Burnham, it seems to me, lacks this lightness of touch: when he won’t stop banging on about the fact he grew up in the north, it feels uncomfortably like he means it. And to take yourself seriously in politics is sometimes to invite others to make jokes at your expense.

Then again, perhaps the problem is that Burnham isn’t quite sincere enough. Sadiq Khan genuinely is the son of a bus-driving immigrant: he may keep going on about it, but it is at least true. Burnham’s “just a northern lad” narrative is true, too, but excludes some crucial facts: that he went to Cambridge, and was working in Parliament aged 24. Perhaps that shouldn’t change how we interpret his story; but I fear, nonetheless, it does.

Maybe that’s not it, though: maybe I’m just another London media snob. Because Burnham did grow up at the disadvantaged end of the country, a region where, for too many people, chasing opportunities means leaving. The idea London is a city where the son of a bus driver can become mayor flatters our metropolitan self-image; the idea that a northerner who wants to build a career in politics has to head south at the earliest opportunity does the opposite. 

So if we roll our eyes when Burnham talks about the north, perhaps that reflects badly on us, not him: the opposite of northern chippiness is southern snobbery.

There’s one last possibility for why we may rate Sadiq Khan more highly than Andy Burnham: Sadiq Khan won. We can titter a little at the jokes and the fibs but he is, nonetheless, mayor of London. Andy Burnham is just the bloke who lost two Labour leadership campaigns.

At least – for now. In six weeks time, he’s highly likely to the first mayor of Greater Manchester. Slipperiness is not the worst quality in a mayor; and so much of the job will be about banging the drum for the city, and the region, that Burnham’s tendency to wear his northernness on his sleeve will be a positive boon.

Sadiq Khan’s stature has grown because the fact he became London’s mayor seems to say something, about the kind of city London is and the kind we want it to be. Perhaps, after May, Andy Burnham can do the same for the north – and the north can do the same for Andy Burnham.

Jonn Elledge edits the New Statesman's sister site CityMetric, and writes for the NS about subjects including politics, history and Daniel Hannan. You can find him on Twitter or Facebook.