Labour Party (UK) leadership election, 2015
The 2015 Labour Party leadership election was triggered on 8 May 2015 by the resignation of Ed Miliband as Leader of the Labour Party of the United Kingdom following the party's defeat at the 2015 general election.
Harriet Harman, the Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, became Acting Leader following Miliband's resignation. Harman announced on the same day that she would be stepping down as Deputy Leader, with her resignation taking effect when the new Leader and Deputy Leader are elected.
The leadership election, triggered by Ed Miliband's resignation, will happen under the reformed rules adopted from the proposals of the February 2014 Collins Report, which was led by Ray Collins, Baron Collins of Highbury. The plan entails a shorter election than the one that took place in 2010, with a new leader being in place before Labour's party conference in September 2015.
The review changed the way in which Labour elects leaders. Under the former system, a three-way electoral college chose the leader, with one-third weight given to the votes of the Parliamentary Labour Party (i.e., Labour members of the House of Commons) and Labour members of the European Parliament, one-third to individual Labour Party members, and one third to the trade union and affiliated societies sections. Following the Collins review, the electoral college was replaced by a pure "one member, one vote" (OMOV) system. Candidates will be elected by members and registered and affiliated supporters, who will all receive a maximum of one vote and all votes will be weighted equally. This means that, for example, members of Labour-affiliated trade unions will need to additionally register as Labour supporters in order to vote.
In order to stand, candidates will need to be nominated by at least 15% of the Parliamentary Labour Party (PLP) – now 35 MPs. The vote, as in previous elections, will be held by the alternative vote (instant-runoff) system. The deputy leadership election will be held under the same rules.
- Tuesday 9 June 2015 - Nominations open
- Monday 15 June 2015 (12:00) - Nominations for the Leader close
- Wednesday 17 June 2015 (12:00) - Nominations for the Deputy Leader close
- Wednesday 17 June 2015 (12:00) - Hustings period opens
- Friday 31 July 2015 (12:00) - Supporting nominations close
- Wednesday 12 August 2015 (12:00) - Last date to join as member, affiliated support or registered supporter and be able to vote
- Friday 14 August 2015 - Ballot papers are sent out
- Thursday 10 September 2015 (12:00) - Ballot closes
- Saturday 12 September 2015 - Special Conference to announce the results
- Andy Burnham, Shadow Health Secretary, former Secretary of State for Health, candidate for leader in 2010 and MP for Leigh
- Yvette Cooper, Shadow Home Secretary, former Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, MP for Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford
- Mary Creagh, Shadow Secretary of State for International Development and MP for Wakefield
- Liz Kendall, Shadow Minister for Care and Older People and MP for Leicester West
- Chuka Umunna, Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills and MP for Streatham (supporting Liz Kendall)
- Tristram Hunt, Shadow Secretary of State for Education and MP for Stoke-on-Trent Central (supporting Liz Kendall)
- Diane Abbott, former Shadow Minister for Public Health, candidate for leader in 2010 and MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington (running for Mayor of London)
- Rushanara Ali, former Shadow Minister for Education and MP for Bethnal Green and Bow (Running for Deputy Leader) 
- Stella Creasy, MP for Walthamstow (running for Deputy Leader)
- Angela Eagle, Shadow Leader of the House of Commons, former Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury and MP for Wallasey (running for Deputy Leader)
- Dan Jarvis, Shadow Minister of Justice and MP for Barnsley Central (supporting Andy Burnham)
- Alan Johnson, former Home Secretary, former Secretary of State for Health and MP for Hull West and Hessle
- David Lammy, former Minister of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills and MP for Tottenham (running for Mayor of London)
- Ian Lavery, MP for Wansbeck (supporting Andy Burnham)
- John McDonnell, MP for Hayes and Harlington
- Alison McGovern, MP for Wirral South (supporting Liz Kendall)
- David Miliband, President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee, former Foreign Secretary, candidate for leader in 2010 and former MP for South Shields
- Lisa Nandy, MP for Wigan (supporting Andy Burnham)
- Rachel Reeves, Shadow Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and MP for Leeds West (supporting Andy Burnham)
- Owen Smith, Shadow Secretary of State for Wales and MP for Pontypridd (supporting Andy Burnham)
- Sir Keir Starmer, former Director of Public Prosecutions and MP for Holborn and St Pancras
- Jon Trickett, Shadow Minister without Portfolio, former Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office and MP for Hemsworth
MP endorsements for candidates
To be placed on the ballot, candidates for leader must obtain the nominations of 35 MPs. Public endorsements for candidates by MPs are, so far: The number of MPs next to the candidate's name includes the actual candidate too, as they will count as one of the 35 MPs needed.
- Andy Burnham (38): Ian Lavery, Steve Rotheram, Bill Esterson, Conor McGinn, Louise Haigh, Pat Glass, Paul Farrelly, Ronnie Campbell, Rachel Reeves, Dan Jarvis, Michael Dugher, Debbie Abrahams, Owen Smith, Karl Turner, Emma Lewell-Buck, Grahame Morris, Yvonne Fovargue, Kevin Brennan, Luciana Berger, Anna Turley, Barbara Keeley, David Crausby, Yasmin Qureshi, Stephen Hepburn, Lisa Nandy, Andrew Gwynne, Lucy Powell, Graham Jones, David Anderson, Michael Meacher, Angela Rayner, Peter Dowd, Justin Madders, Nick Thomas-Symonds, Harry Harpham, Rachael Maskell, Rebecca Long-Bailey
- Yvette Cooper (32): Jess Phillips, Diana Johnson, Khalid Mahmood, Sharon Hodgson, David Hanson, Shabana Mahmood, Fabian Hamilton, Geraint Davies, Andy Slaughter, Steve Pound, Helen Goodman, Helen Jones, Kevan Jones, Chris Bryant, Seema Malhotra, Kate Green, Vernon Coaker, John Spellar, Paula Sherriff, John Healey, Emily Thornberry, Jim Cunningham, Karen Buck, Ian Austin, Lyn Brown, Steve McCabe, Liam Byrne, Virendra Sharma, Judith Cummins, Marie Rimmer, Ruth Cadbury
- Liz Kendall (23): Chuka Umunna, Tristram Hunt, Phil Wilson, Stephen Timms, John Woodcock, Mike Gapes, Wes Streeting, Margaret Hodge, Toby Perkins, Alison McGovern, Stephen Doughty, Siobhain McDonagh, Ann Coffey, Gavin Shuker, Pat McFadden, Ivan Lewis, Stephen Twigg, Emma Reynolds, Jonathan Reynolds, Simon Danczuk, Gisela Stuart, Paul Flynn
- Mary Creagh (7): Mike Kane, Neil Coyle, Susan Jones, Stephen Kinnock, Tulip Siddiq, Thangam Debbonaire
Odds of winning
|Candidate|| 8 May
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The morning after the general election, the British bookmaker William Hill gave the following odds for next Labour leader: 7/4 Chuka Umunna; 5/2 Andy Burnham; 3/1 Yvette Cooper; 8/1 Dan Jarvis; 12/1 David Miliband; 12/1 Tristram Hunt; 18/1 Liz Kendall; 18/1 Rachel Reeves; 20/1 Alan Johnson; and 25/1 Stella Creasy.
On the afternoon of 9 May, the British bookmaker Ladbrokes offered the following odds: Chuka Umunna 13/8; Andy Burnham 11/4; Dan Jarvis 9/2; Yvette Cooper 5/1; Liz Kendall 14/1; Tristram Hunt 14/1; David Miliband 20/1; Stella Creasey 20/1, Harriet Harman 25/1, Rachel Reeves 25/1, Lisa Nandy 25/1, Alan Johnson 33/1, Owen Smith 33/1, and Keir Starmer 33/1.
On the evening of 18 May, the British bookmaker William Hill gave the following odds for leader: Andy Burnham 6/5; Liz Kendall 11/4; Yvette Cooper 3/1; Tristram Hunt; 11/1; Mary Creagh 16/1.
On 28 May, the Daily Express reported the odds for all 4 confirmed candidates and Tony Blair (after he resigned as Middle East peace envoy): Andy Burnham 10/11; Liz Kendall 6/4; Yvette Cooper 5/1; Mary Creagh 50/1; Tony Blair 50/1.
|Poll source|| Date(s)
| Margin of
|Survation/The Mail on Sunday||8–9 May 2015||329 Labour voters[a]||± ?||20.9%||13.1%||—||5.4%||7.7%||4.5%||—||6.4%||16.2%||25.8%|
|1,027 British residents[b]||± 2.1%||14.1%||11.2%||—||6%||6.4%||5.1%||—||4.2%||12.2%||40.6%|
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