January 13, 2020
Clive Lewis has pulled out of the Labour leadership contest after he looked unlikely to secure the 22 MP and MEP nominations needed to make it through to the next round.
Clive Lewis Pulls Out Of Labour Leadership Contest
The candidates to succeed Jeremy Corbyn have until 2.30pm on Monday to reach the threshold.
Keir Starmer, Rebecca Long-Bailey, Lisa Nandy, Jess Phillips and Emily Thornberry are the remaining candidates.
Lewis said he was standing aside “in the spirit of pluralism, diversity and generosity”.
“For me, this election wasn’t about just the leadership of the Labour Party but about our survival as an engaging and relevant political movement that could win a path to power,” he added.Heartfelt thanks to everyone who’s supported me this far. But know my contribution to this election isn’t over. I’m going to continue to fight, inside and outside of the Labour Party, to ensure our future looks very different from our past.— Clive Lewis MP (@labourlewis) January 13, 2020Those who win the support of 22 MPs and MEPs, must then get the nominations of 5% of all constituency Labour parties or three Labour affiliates – of which at least two must be trade unions – comprising at least 5% of the fully paid-up affiliate membership.
The freeze date for new members to join and be eligible to vote is January 20.
People will also be able to join as a registered supporter for a fee of £25 provided they are on the electoral register and meet the membership qualification criteria of membership of the party.
Applications to become a registered supporter open at 5pm on January 14 and close at 5pm on January 16.
The second stage of nominations from constituency parties and affiliates then opens on January 15 and runs to February 14.
The ballot of members and registered supporters opens the following week on February 21, closing at midday on Thursday April 2.The result will be announced on April 4 at a special conference in London.This is a breaking news story and will be updated. Follow HuffPost UK on Twitter here, and on Facebook here.Related... How Does The Labour Leadership Contest Work?
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