Keir Starmer takes commanding early lead in Labour leadership race

Keir Starmer takes huge lead in Labour leadership race: Anti-Corbyn moderate has backing from 23 MPs after ONE day with left-wing rival Rebecca Long Bailey struggling with just SEVEN The shadow business secretary, 57 is the bookies' favourite to replace Corbyn His closest rival, Corbynista candidate Rebecca Long Bailey, was on seven Jess Phillips and Lisa Nandy were further back on six and two respectively Shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry was on just 1 so far Clive Lewis, the sixth candidate, has yet to win the backing of a single MP

By David Wilcock, Whitehall Correspondent For Mailonline

Published: 11:10 GMT, 8 January 2020 | Updated: 12:28 GMT, 8 January 2020

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Sir Keir Starmer took a commanding early lead in the Labour leadership race today, racing ahead of his rivals.

The shadow business secretary, 57, has won the backing of 23 MPs after just a day of the official leadership race, which is enough to get him through to the next round already. 

His closest rival, Corbynista candidate Rebecca Long Bailey, has been nominated by just seven MPs so far, figures released by the party showed this morning. 

Jess Phillips and Lisa Nandy were further back on six and two respectively, and shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry was on just 1. Clive Lewis, the sixth leadership candidate, has yet to win the backing of a single MP

But with 163 Labour MPs yet to give their nominations there is a lot to play for. 

Mr Corbyn announced last month that he would quit as Labour leader after handing Boris Johnson an 80-seat majority at the December 12 election.  

The shadow business secretary, 57, has won the backing of 23 MPs after just a day of the official leadership race, which is enough to get him through to the next round already.

The shadow business secretary, 57, has won the backing of 23 MPs after just a day of the official leadership race, which is enough to get him through to the next round already.

Under the terms of the contest, candidates need to secure the nominations of least 10 per cent of the party's MPs and MEPs - which is now 22 after the general and European election defeats last year. 

Those who succeed will then go forward to the second stage when they must win the nominations of five per cent of the almost 300 constituency Labour parties (CLPs) OR three Labour affiliates - of which at least two must be trade unions - comprising at least five per cent of the fully paid-up affiliate membership.

The successful candidates will then go into a vote of party members before the new leader is unveiled at the beginning of

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