Labour MP says strangers try to 'mansplain' to her over how to vote in leadership election

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Labour MP for Canterbury, Rosie Duffield, holds up a medal from one of her constituents in the House of Commons in London.
Labour MP for Canterbury, Rosie Duffield, believes she is being 'mansplained' to (PA)

A Labour MP has complained that she is being “mansplained” to by men trying to tell her who to vote for in the leadership contest.

Rosie Duffield, who represents the Canterbury constituency, vented on Twitter that she was being bombarded with messages from people advising her on which candidate to back.

She wrote: “Labour Leadership contest, 2020. Many unsolicited, mansplaining emails, texts, tweets from stranger [sic] men instructing/explaining to me how to cast my vote. Cheers.

“Funnily enough, I may know a tad more about the candidates than you do!”

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So far Ms Duffield has not yet officially backed any of the candidates, who all need 22 nominations from MPs.

One person who has already reached that threshold is Sir Keir Starmer, who secured 23 nominations from the parliamentary party earlier today.

The shadow Brexit secretary is well ahead of his main rival, Rebecca Long-Bailey, who is on seven so far, and is now the first candidate to go through to the next round.

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According to figures published by the Labour Party, backbencher Jess Phillips has six backers, while Wigan MP Lisa Nandy has two.

Shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry has just one nomination so far, and Clive Lewis has none.

Nominations close on Monday January 13.

File photos of (top, left to right) Lisa Nandy, Jess Phillips, Keir Starmer, (bottom, left to right) Rebecca Long-Bailey, Clive Lewis and Emily Thornbury, the six Labour Party MPs that have declared their intention to run in the upcoming leadership election.
[Top, left to right) Lisa Nandy, Jess Phillips, Keir Starmer, (bottom, left to right) Rebecca Long-Bailey, Clive Lewis and Emily Thornberry, are standing for Labour leader (PA)

The figures were revealed as candidates vying to be party's deputy leader set out their stalls to MPs.

Among those in the race for the deputy post, triggered by Tom Watson's decision to quit, are shadow sports minister Rosena Allin-Khan and Labour's only MP in Scotland, Ian Murray.

Shadow cabinet minister Angela Rayner has crossed the threshold to go through to the next round, while Dawn Butler and Richard Burgon, along with shadow Europe minister Khalid Mahmood, are also in the race for the job.

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