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6 June 2015

Labour deputy leadership candidate Caroline Flint unveils another 12 supporters

Caroline Flint has revealed the names of 12 more supporters, taking her total to 24 overall.

By Stephen Bush

Caroline Flint has revealed the names of a further 12 supporters in her bid to become Labour’s next deputy leader.  The announcement takes her parliamentary nominations to 24 overall. The Flint campaign has also announced the make-up of its campaign team: David Blunkett will serve as campaign chair, while Julie Elliot, the MP for Sunderland, and Jim Fitzpatrick, the MP for Poplar & Limehouse, will act as vice-chairs. In a unprecedented move, Victoria Groulef, the defeated candidate for Reading West, will serve as a campaign vice-chair. 

It leaves Flint in a commanding position as far as declared parliamentary nominations are concerned. Her nearest rival in terms of public nominations is Stella Creasy, with nine nominations, followed by Angela Eagle and Ben Bradshaw, both with eight, Tom Watson, who has seven, John Healey, who has five, and finally Rushanara Ali, who has three. It’s believed that Watson, along with Flint, has secured more than enough nominations to ensure he makes the ballot. Healey, who is popular throughout the parliamentary party, should also easily secure the 35 MPs he needs to stand. That leaves the other candidates, including Creasy – who according to a LabourList poll, is the members’ first choice – still struggling to make the ballot.

The full list of Flint’s new supporters is below:

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