The Labor Party will change the leader in the next formation elections after the electoral battalion of Jeremy Corbyn in the elections last December 12 in which Prime Minister Boris Johnson won. These were the fourth consecutive general elections in which Labor ended up defeated.
The candidates to replace it had a deadline until today at 14.30 to submit their applications. Among the necessary requirements to apply was to have the support of at least 22 deputies. The five who got them will move on to the next phase: they will have to count on the support of three party-affiliated groups, including two unions, or 33 local party offices before February 14. Those who pass this second screen will be the candidates among which the militants can vote.
Of the six candidates, one withdrew before the deadline. Clive Lewis had only five supports, so he announced his withdrawal on his Twitter account and took the opportunity to urge his followers to support another of the candidates. Sir Keir Starmer, Jess Phillips, Lisa Nandy and Rebecca Long Bailey They reached the limit of the 22 deputies while Emily Thornberry, who was 21, managed to find the one she needed in extremis, just a little before the time set for closing.
The secretary in the shadow of Brexit, Sir Keir Starmer, has at least 78 supports, which makes him a strong candidate to succeed Corbyn. Former leader Ed Miliband has said that Starmer is the one who "has the best experience and vision to bring 21st century socialism to the country."
The elections will be held predictably in March, although the exact date has not been confirmed. According to the rules of the match, to be the winner the candidate must get more than 50 percent of the votes. If this is not achieved in a first vote, the applicant with fewer votes will be eliminated and another round will be held, and so on until one exceeds half. Corbyn's successor will be officially announced on April 4 at a special congress.