Labour leadership timetable agreed

Winner to be announced on September 25

LABOUR’S new leader will be chosen in time for this year’s party conference.

The National Executive Committee today set in motion the contest to find a successor to Gordon Brown, who resigned after losing the General Election.

Acting Labour leader Harriet Harman said: “Over the next few months, up to four million people will have the chance to help shape Britain’s progressive future by choosing the next leader of the Labour Party,

“It is an important opportunity for the Labour Party to reflect, renew itself and re-engage with the people of Britain.

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“We will reach out to Labour Party members, to supporters in affiliated organisation and most importantly to the voters.”

Ms Harman said: “Over the coming months, the candidates will meet thousands of people at meetings across the country, including events organised in work places, and take part in innovative online discussions and campaigns.”

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So far, only David Miliband and his brother ED have announced their candidatures. Nominations open on May 24 and close on the 27th. Hustings will take place in June and July and voting will take place between August 16 and September 22.

The result will be announced on the opening day of Labour’s annual conference.

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