Liz Kendall’s endorsement by Chuka Umunna and his entire leadership team confirms her as a serious contender in the race to be next Labour leader.
Umunna’s backing means that Kendall is now almost certain to make it to the final shortlist of candidates alongside Burnham and Cooper.
It follows a Labourlist survey putting her in a strong second place in the race and suggests that momentum is building behind her as the preferred candidate of the right of the party.
However, these endorsements also highlight her big weakness: the narrowness of her support. None of thebig names to back her so far have been in any way surprising. The vast majority are closely associated with the ‘Blairite’ or Progress wing of the party. By contrast Andy Burnham, who is currently being mischaracterised as a left-wing union placeman, has received several surprising endorsements, most notably from Lord Falconer and current rising star Dan Jarvis.
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