2020 Labour Party leadership election

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2020 Labour Party leadership election
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  Official portrait of Rebecca Long Bailey crop 2.jpg Official portrait of Lisa Nandy crop 2.jpg
Candidate Rebecca Long-Bailey Lisa Nandy
MP/MEP Nominations 33 31
CLP/Affiliate Nominations 1 affiliate, 5 CLPs 3 affiliates, 1 CLP
  Official portrait of Keir Starmer crop 2.jpg Official portrait of Emily Thornberry crop 2.jpg
Candidate Keir Starmer Emily Thornberry
MP/MEP Nominations 88 23
CLP/Affiliate Nominations 3 affiliates, 18 CLPs 3 CLPs

Incumbent Leader

Jeremy Corbyn

A Labour Party leadership election is being held in the United Kingdom in 2020. It was triggered after the current leader, Jeremy Corbyn, said that he intended to resign following the party's poor results at the 2019 general election, where Labour lost sixty seats and achieved their lowest number of seats since 1935. It is being held alongside a deputy leadership election.

To get on the ballot, candidates need nominations from enough of the party's Members of Parliament (MPs) and Members of European Parliament (MEPs), followed by support from either Constituency Labour Parties (CLPs) or from at least affiliated groups. Five candidates, including Rebecca Long-Bailey, Lisa Nandy, Jess Phillips, Keir Starmer and Emily Thornberry received sufficient nominations to proceed to the second round of nominations. Starmer had the most nominations from MPs and MEPs at 88, followed by Long-Bailey and Nandy with 33 and 31 nominations respectively. Phillips and Thornberry each received 23 nominations, one above the minimum threshold to proceed. Starmer achieved sufficient support from affiliates on 20 January, at which point he also had the greatest number of nominations from CLPs. Phillips withdrew from the election shortly after.


Jeremy Corbyn was elected Labour Party leader in a 2015 leadership election and re-elected leader in 2016 after a challenge from Owen Smith. While Labour gained 30 seats in the 2017 general election, the party lost 60 seats in the 2019 election, it won its fewest number of seats since 1935.[1][2] Corbyn subsequently announced that he would resign as Labour party leader after a "process of reflection".[3][4]


The election will be conducted under a pure "one member, one vote" (OMOV) system, using an alternative vote voting method to calculate the result.[5][6] Candidates will be elected by members and registered and affiliated supporters, who all receive a maximum of one vote and all votes will be weighted equally. This means that, for example, members of Labour-affiliated trades unions need to register as affiliated Labour supporters to vote.[7] Members who joined before 20 January will be eligible to vote.[6]

To stand, candidates needed to be nominated by at least 10% of the combined membership of the Parliamentary Labour Party (PLP) and European Parliamentary Labour Party (EPLP), meaning twenty-two MPs and MEPs at the time. As a result, a maximum of nine candidates can stand. They also needed to be nominated by at least 5% of Constituency Labour Parties (CLPs), meaning at least 33 CLPs, or at least three party affiliates that consist of at least 5% of affiliate members including at least two trades unions.[5][8] Affiliates consist of affiliated trades unions, socialist societies and the Co-operative Party.[8][9]

The timetable for the election was set by the party's National Executive Committee on 6 January 2020.[10]

Nominations from the Parliamentary Labour Party and European Parliamentary Labour Party opened on 7 January and closed on 13 January. Between 15 January and 14 February, constituency parties and affiliate organisations can nominate their preferred candidate. Applications to become a registered supporter opened on 14 January and closed on 16 January. Voting in the membership ballot opens on 21 February and closes at midday on 2 April. The result of the leadership election will be announced on 4 April.


Announcement of candidacies[edit]

Immediately following the 2019 general election, Keir Starmer, the shadow Brexit secretary, was considered favourite to win the leadership election by the online gambling company Betfair.[11][12] Rebecca Long-Bailey, the shadow business secretary, was considered another front runner.[13] Various other figures were considered as possible leadership candidates, including Lisa Nandy, the MP for Wigan, who said on 15 December 2019 that she was "seriously thinking" about running for the leadership.[14] On 29 December, Long-Bailey wrote an article for The Guardian declaring her interest in standing and laying out her strategy for a "progressive patriotism".[15]

Some party figures, including the former MP Caroline Flint and the MP Wes Streeting argued for a "clean break" from the previous leadership, while the general secretary of Unite the Union, Len McCluskey said that the next leader should "carry on the tradition", describing Long-Bailey and Angela Rayner as his preferred candidates.[16][17] Party figures affiliated with Long-Bailey and MPs such as Corbyn, as well as centrist figures like Alastair Campbell, encouraged supporters of their preferred candidates to join the party to vote in the leadership election.[18][19] Roy Hattersley, a former deputy leader of the party, wrote on 21 December that MPs should refuse to accept Long-Bailey if she were elected leader.[20]

The shadow foreign secretary, Emily Thornberry, was the first to announce that she was standing for the leadership on 18 December.[21] She laid out her pitch in an article for The Guardian.[22] She said that her first priority would be to deal with antisemitism in the party by implementing recommendations from the Board of Deputies of British Jews, the Jewish Labour Movement and the Equality and Human Rights Commission.[23] She criticised Corbyn's senior advisers for overruling her as the shadow foreign secretary and for their strategic decisions in the 2019 general election.[24][25]

Clive Lewis, the shadow minister for sustainable economics, announced on 19 December that he would stand.[26] He said that as leader, he would give more democratic power in the party to its members.[27] He argued that the party should work more with other political parties on the left, and proposed constitutional reforms including supporting proportional representation and reform of the House of Lords.[28][29] In January 2020 he proposed a referendum about the future of the British royal family.[30] He was criticised for his response to claims against him of sexual harassment, for which he had been cleared by a disciplinary body within Labour, which "seemed unapologetic".[31]

Jess Phillips announced her candidacy in Grimsby on 3 January 2020.[32] She criticised the party's approach to Brexit and Scottish independence, saying that she was opposed to a second referendum on Scottish independence.[33] She said that she'd be open to arguing for the UK to rejoin the European Union.[34][35] Criticising the party's manifesto at the 2019 general election, Phillips said that she'd support nationalising railways but wouldn't prioritise further nationalisation.[35]

Nandy announced that she would stand in a letter to the Wigan Post on the same day as Phillips.[36] She argued that the party needed a "bridge" to join areas in northern England where the party was losing seats and metropolitan areas where the party was gaining support.[14]

Starmer, who a poll had indicated was the most popular potential candidate heading into the leadership election, announced his candidacy with a video posted to social media on 4 January followed by a launch in Stevenage.[37][38]

Long-Bailey announced that she would stand in an article for Tribune magazine on 6 January.[39] Long-Bailey is seen by many observers and party colleagues as the continuity candidate who would continue to take the party in the same direction as Corbyn.[40][41][42][43] While she has protested the description,[44][45] her campaign has stressed ideological continuity with Corbyn.[46][47] She attracted attention for rating Corbyn ten out of ten as a politician.[48] She called for constitutional reform to spread power more evenly across the country, including abolishing the House of Lords.[33][49]

Parliamentary party nominations stage[edit]

Candidates first needed to receive nominations from at least 5% of the party's MPs and MEPs to progress to the second round of nominations. Starmer won the support of enough MPs and MEPs to progress to the next round of nominations on 8 January, when he was also endorsed by the trade union Unison.[50] The following day, Long-Bailey, Nandy and Phillips got enough MP and MEP nominations to progress.[51]

The deadline for PLP and EPLP nominations was 14:30 on 13 January.[52] Lewis, with only five nominations including himself, withdrew from the contest shortly before the deadline.[53] Thornberry was also short of the required nominations at the beginning of the day, but managed to obtain enough to qualify less than ten minutes before the deadline, helped by MPs who had formerly nominated Lewis.[54] After the close of nominations, the party announced that Long-Bailey, Nandy, Phillips, Starmer and Thornberry would proceed to the next stage of the election.[55] Starmer received eighty-eight nominations, more than any other candidate, followed by Long-Bailey with thirty-three and Nandy with thirty-one.[56] Phillips and Thornberry were each nominated by twenty-three MPs and MEPs, one more than the minimum requirement of twenty-two. Shortly after these nominations were published, Starmer was heavily favoured in the betting odds.[54]

Constituency party and affiliate nominations stage[edit]

Corbyn-supporting group Momentum balloted its members on a proposal that the group endorse Long-Bailey (alongside Angela Rayner for deputy). 70% of 7,395 respondents backed Long-Bailey, though the organisation was criticised for not giving the option to endorse other candidates.[57][58][59]

Starmer became the first candidate to qualify for the ballot on 20 January with his third affiliate nomination, from the Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers.[60] At that point, he was also leading in nominations from Constituency Labour Parties (CLPs) Phillips withdrew from the election on 21 January, saying that she was unable to unite the party.[61] Nandy became the second candidate to quality for the ballot on 22 January, having received backing from the GMB and National Union of Mineworkers unions and the Chinese for Labour socialist society.[62]



The following individuals were nominated by the necessary number of Labour MPs and MEPs. To remain on the ballot they need to receive backing from the required number of constituency parties or affiliated organisations.

Candidate Born Political office Campaign
Official portrait of Rebecca Long Bailey crop 2.jpg
Rebecca Long-Bailey
22 September 1979
(age 40)
Old Trafford, Greater Manchester, England
Shadow business secretary (2017–present)
MP for Salford and Eccles (2015–present)
Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury (2016–17)
Shadow Treasury minister (2015–16)
Logo RLB-DD-1x-Red-Slogan.cbae2eb4.png
Official portrait of Lisa Nandy crop 2.jpg
Lisa Nandy
9 August 1979
(age 40)
Manchester, England
MP for Wigan (2010–present)
Shadow energy secretary (2015–16)
Lisa Nandy for leader logo.png
Official portrait of Keir Starmer crop 2.jpg
Keir Starmer
2 September 1962
(age 57)
Southwark, London, England
Shadow Brexit secretary (2017–present)
MP for Holborn and St Pancras (2015–present)
Shadow immigration minister (2015–16)
Keir Starmer leadership campaign 2020 logo.png
Official portrait of Emily Thornberry crop 2.jpg
Emily Thornberry
27 July 1960
(age 59)
Guildford, Surrey, England
Shadow First Secretary of State (2017–present)
Shadow foreign secretary (2016–present)
MP for Islington South and Finsbury (2005–present)
Shadow Brexit secretary (2016)
Shadow defence secretary (2016)
Shadow employment minister (2015–16)
Shadow Attorney General (2011–2014)
Emily Thornberry for Labour Leader logo.png


Candidate Born Political office Campaign
Official portrait of Clive Lewis crop 2.jpg
Clive Lewis
11 September 1971
(age 48)
London, England
Shadow treasury minister (2018–present)
MP for Norwich South (2015–present)
Shadow business secretary (2016–17)
Shadow defence secretary (2016)
Clive Lewis for Leader.jpg
Official portrait of Jess Phillips.jpg
Jess Phillips
9 October 1981
(age 38)
Birmingham, England
MP for Birmingham Yardley (2015–present) Jess Phillips leadership campaign 2020 logo.svg


The following individuals were discussed in the media as potential leadership candidates, but chose not to stand:



Candidates first needed to be nominated by at least 10% (twenty-two) of current Labour MPs and MEPs, who comprise the Parliamentary Labour Party (PLP) and the European Parliamentary Labour Party (EPLP). The candidates who have passed this threshold need nominations from at least 5% (thirty-three) Constituency Labour Parties, or at least three affiliates including at least two trades unions that together represent at least 5% of affiliated members.[8]

The table below shows the number of nominations achieved by each candidate. A green background indicates that the candidate has met the nomination requirements. A pink background indicates that the candidate has withdrawn from the contest.

Candidate First stage
Labour MPs and MEPs
Second stage
Constituency Labour Parties Affiliates
Nominations[76] % Nominations % Nominations
Keir Starmer
88 / 212
41.5% Green tickY
18 / 647
3 / 32
Green tickY
Lisa Nandy
31 / 212
14.6% Green tickY
1 / 647
3 / 32
Green tickY
Rebecca Long-Bailey
33 / 212
15.6% Green tickY
5 / 647
1 / 32
Emily Thornberry
23 / 212
10.8% Green tickY
3 / 647
0 / 32
Jess Phillips (withdrawn)
23 / 212
10.8% Green tickY
0 / 647
0% Red XN
0 / 32
Red XN
Clive Lewis (withdrawn)
5 / 212
2.4% Red XN
Total nominations
198 / 212
27 / 647
7 / 32
  1. ^ Starmer did not formally nominate himself, therefore the Labour Party lists him as having received 88 nominations, whereas some reports of the contest list him as having received 89 nominations
  2. ^ Not including Lewis's nominations and not taking Starmer as having nominated himself

Rebecca Long-Bailey[edit]

PLP and EPLP nominations[76]
CLP nominations[77]
Affiliate nominations[77]

Lisa Nandy[edit]

PLP and EPLP nominations[76]
CLP nominations[77]
Affiliate nominations[77]

Keir Starmer[edit]

PLP and EPLP nominations[76]
CLP nominations[77]
Affiliate nominations[77]

Emily Thornberry[edit]

PLP and EPLP nominations[76]
CLP nominations[77]

Withdrawn candidates[edit]

Clive Lewis withdrew on the final day of nominations, having realised that he wouldn't reach the required number of nominations. He therefore received no nominations. Those nominating him at the point he withdrew are listed below, alongside the candidates they went on to nominate.

PLP and EPLP nominations[76]

Jess Phillips withdrew on 21 January, saying that she was unable to unite the party. She had received no nominations from affiliates or CLPs.[61]

PLP and EPLP nominations[76]


Candidates and potential candidates have also received the support of organisations, publications, and of notable people other than current Labour MPs or MEPs.

Rebecca Long-Bailey[edit]

Lisa Nandy[edit]

Keir Starmer[edit]

Withdrawn candidates[edit]

Clive Lewis was endorsed by the journalist Paul Mason before he withdrew.[43] Before she withdrew, Jess Phillips was endorsed by the journalist Matthew d'Ancona, the Labour peer Philip Hunt and the former MP Melanie Onn.[86][87][88]

Opinion polls[edit]

Pollster/client Sample size First preference Final round
Long-Bailey Nandy Starmer Thornberry Others Long-Bailey Starmer
13–15 January 2020 YouGov/The Times 1,005 Labour members 32% 7% 46% 3% 11%[a] 37% 63%
8–13 January 2020 Survation/LabourList 3,800 LabourList readers 42% 7% 37% 1% 9%[b] 51% 49%
21–31 December 2019 YouGov/Party Members Project 1,059 Labour members 23% 6% 36% 7% 28%[c] 39% 61%
  1. ^ Jess Phillips with 11%
  2. ^ Jess Phillips with 9%
  3. ^ Jess Phillips with 12%, Yvette Cooper with 8%, Clive Lewis with 8%



Candidate status
Active candidate
Candidate failed to be nominated
Withdrawn candidate
Corbyn announces his resignation
Nominations from the PLP and EPLP close
First leadership hustings
Nominations from CLPs and affiliates close
Membership ballot opens
Membership ballot closes
Result announced
Clive Lewis (politician)Jess PhillipsEmily ThornberryKeir StarmerLisa NandyRebecca Long-Bailey



  • 3 January: Jess Phillips and Lisa Nandy announce their candidacies
  • 4 January: Keir Starmer announces his candidacy
  • 6 January: Rebecca Long-Bailey announces her candidacy
  • 7 January: Nominations from the Parliamentary Labour Party (PLP) and European Parliamentary Labour Party (EPLP) open[89]
  • 13 January:
    • Lewis withdraws his candidacy shortly before parliamentary nominations close
    • Party announces that Long-Bailey, Nandy, Phillips, Starmer and Thornberry have all achieved the necessary nominations and will proceed to the next stage[90]
  • 15 January: Nominations from constituency parties (CLPs) and affiliate organisations open
  • 18 January: The first leadership hustings is held in Liverpool
  • 20 January: Starmer receives the required support to progress to the membership ballot[60]
  • 21 January: Phillips withdraws her candidacy[61]
  • 22 January:
    • Nandy receives the required support to progress to the membership ballot[62]
    • Phillips endorses Nandy and Starmer as her first and second choices respectively
  • 14 February: CLP and affiliate nominations close
  • 21 February: Labour Party members receive postal ballots and online voting forms
  • 2 April: Voting closes at 12:00
  • 4 April: Result of the votes announced and new Labour leader announced[89]

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