The Staggers 7 January 2020 Conor McGinn out of Labour deputy race The Corbynsceptic former whip’s withdrawal narrows reflects a much diminished PLP and Angela Rayner’s strength. Parliament Sign UpGet the New Statesman's Morning Call email. Sign-up Conor McGinn, the St Helens North MP, will not run to replace Tom Watson as Labour’s deputy leader, the New Statesman understands. The former whip – a Corbynsceptic organiser aligned with Labour’s old right – was the first contender to emerge in the wake of Watson’s resignation in November. But with MP nominations due to close on 13 January, he has decided against a run. Most of McGinn’s would-be nominators lost their seats to the Conservatives last month. He also has a young family on Merseyside. His withdrawal also reflects the strength of another contender: Angela Rayner. In a crowded field, she has overwhelming cross-factional support in among MPs, most of whom have concluded that she will win the race at a canter. Notwithstanding John McDonnell’s endorsement of Richard Burgon, the expectation is that the rest of the field – be they left or right – will struggle. › Ian Murray attacks Labour leadership's “clumsy” relationship with Scotland Patrick Maguire was political correspondent at the New Statesman. Subscribe For more great writing from our award-winning journalists subscribe for just £1 per month!