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US News Jess Phillips’ Labour leadership hopes in doubt as rivals vie for GMB support

15:30  21 january  2020
15:30  21 january  2020 Source:   msn.com

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The future of Jess Phillips ’ Labour leadership campaign has been thrown into doubt after she pulled out of a union hustings. MPs backing her are understood to be holding emergency talks in parliament at 2pm after which she was expected make a statement to supporters . This has fuelled speculation that

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Jess Phillips’ campaign to become Labour leader is hanging in the balance as her rivals compete for the support of the GMB trade union.

The Birmingham Yardley MP was missing from a hustings event organised by the union, whose support could prove crucial to the candidates still hoping to make it on to the final ballot paper.

Aides said her absence from the GMB event was due to an unavoidable appointment elsewhere, but Ms Phillips is expected to make a statement on the status of her campaign on Tuesday afternoon.

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Four Labour leadership candidates will face each other at a hustings later in a bid to gain support GMB , which represents workers and has 620,000 members, is due to announce who it is backing Birmingham Yardley MP Jess Phillips is the only candidate not attending the hustings because of a

Jess Phillips has admitted her campaign for the Labour leadership is faltering ahead of a crucial 2/11 Jess Phillips . The MP for Birmingham Yardley has launched her bid for the leadership , saying Unless they have the backing of 33 local parties, a candidate requires the support of three affiliates

She acknowledged on Monday that it would be a “bold roll of the dice” for Labour members to elect her as leader.

Emily Thornberry, Keir Starmer, Lisa Nandy posing for a photo: Emily Thornberry, Jess Phillips, Rebecca Long-Bailey, Sir Keir Starmer and Lisa Nandy (Danny Lawson/PA) © Provided by PA Media Emily Thornberry, Jess Phillips, Rebecca Long-Bailey, Sir Keir Starmer and Lisa Nandy (Danny Lawson/PA)

Shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer is the frontrunner in the Labour contest, having already secured his place on the final ballot paper as a result of nominations from the unions Unison and Usdaw and the Socialist Environment and Resources Association (Sera), an affiliate group.

  Jess Phillips’ Labour leadership hopes in doubt as rivals vie for GMB support © Getty

Sir Keir, shadow business secretary Rebecca Long-Bailey, shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry and former shadow cabinet minister Lisa Nandy were all at the GMB hustings in London.

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Candidates need the nominations of three Labour affiliates, including at least two unions, which amount to at least 5% of affiliate members.

The only other route on to the ballot paper is by receiving nominations from at least 33 constituency Labour parties (CLPs).

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