Salford and Eccles MP, Rebecca Long-Bailey has lost the Labour leadership race.

The Corbyn continuity candidate was defeated by Keir Starmer this morning, gaining only 27.56% of the vote.

Starmer won with 56.21% of the vote.

Keir Starmer giving his first speech as Labour Leader

Rebecca Long-Bailey has been a Member of Parliament for Salford and Eccles since 2015, with a vote share of 49.4% and a majority of 20%.

She served in Jeremy Corbyn’s Shadow Cabinet from 2017.

 

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Keir Starmer, a lawyer who represents Holburn and St Pancras in the commons has also been an MP since 2015.

Rebecca Long-Bailey’s ideology was often compared to the previous leader, Jeremy Corbyn.

Starmer claims to be a socialist, but not a Corbynite.

In his first speech as leader, Starmer said: “It is the honour and privilege of my life to be elected as leader of the Labour Party.

“It comes at a moment like none other in our lifetime.

“I will lead this great party into a new era with confidence and with hope so that when the time comes we can serve our country again in government.”

Rebecca Long-Bailey has since said “To those who supported our campaign, and who voted for me to become Labour’s first woman leader, thank you for putting your faith into me”

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“We didn’t get the result we wanted, but I’m proud of the campaign we ran.”

“Keir Starmer will be a brilliant prime minister, and I can’t wait to see him in number 10”

Many Labour supporters have shared their thoughts on twitter.

While some compare Starmer to ex-Labour Prime Minister, Tony Blair.

 

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