And we're off! Yvette Cooper's aides register domain name

The race to be Ed Miliband's successor has kicked off, albeit unofficially, with meetings between the key teams and recruitment already underway.

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Yvette Cooper's aides have registered a domain name for her campaign, in the first clear sign from any of the runners and riders that they will seek to replace Ed Miliband as Labour leader.  Yvetteforleader.com has been registered in the name of Cooper's aide, Roger Baker. Cooper, who, I'm told, has already got a "substantial" sum of money raised and has been working the fundraising circuit hard, will start as a strong contender. 

In an early coup for the Shadow Home Secretary's campaign, Cooper appears to have secured the services of Caroline Badley, the legendary mastermind of Gisela Stuart's against-the-odds triumphs in Birmingham Edgbaston. Badley, who many believe should have been put in charge of the party's field operations instead of Patrick Heneghan, is listed as one of the contacts for the domain name. 

Stephen Bush is political editor of the New Statesman. His daily briefing, Morning Call, provides a quick and essential guide to domestic and global politics.

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