Burnham misses out on Labour leadership

Labour Party leadership hopeful Andy Burnham addresses the LSV campaign event
Labour Party leadership hopeful Andy Burnham addresses the LSV campaign event
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BOROUGH MP Andy Burnham has lost out again in his second bid to become the leader of the Labour Party.

Frontrunner Jeremy Corbyn received a 59.5 per cent share of the vote with the Leigh MP receiving 19, Yvette Cooper 17 and Liz Kendall 4.5.

Mr Burnham, the shadow health secretary, had started as a favourite in the race to replace Ed Miliband.

But veteran left-wing candidate Mr Corbyn - MP for Islington North - romped ahead in the polls through a surge of enthusiasm from members in the country as well as new “registered supporters” who paid £3 to secure a vote.

He now faces the massive challenge of forming a shadow cabinet which will deliver his anti-austerity, anti-war policies without splitting the party. Already senior figures including shadow chancellor Chris Leslie, shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt and Ms Kendall have said they will not serve under him.

Yvonne Fovargue, Makerfield MP, said: “This is an extraordinary day in Labour Party history. We have seen hundreds of thousands of people involved in a passionate and democratic debate.

This is an extraordinary day in Labour Party history

Makerfield MP Yvonne Fovargue

“Jeremy has ran a remarkable campaign and he will have my full support as Labour’s new leader.”

On Twitter, Wigan MP Lisa Nandy said: “Convincing mandate for Jeremy Corbyn. Time to unite and take the fight to the Tories.”