One month on from the election: what’s been happening?

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A month ago parliament changed dramatically, but what’s been happening since?

Labour

Following Labour’s defeat - in which the party actually lost seats overall - Ed Miliband resigned as Labour leader and a leadership contest was triggered. Andy Burnham who lost out as leader five years ago is the favourite to succeed Miliband, whilst Liz Kendall, Yvette Cooper, Mary Creagh and Jeremy Corbyn are the other candidates vying to take the top spot. Corbyn is the latest addition to the race. According to the BBC, the left winger he threw his hat into the ring on Wednesday.

Corbyn and Creagh will likely have little chance in succeeding, but the range of candidates should make for an interesting debate.

The odds for each of the candidates (according to William Hill) are as follows: Burnham 8/11 (the favourite), Liz Kendall 5/2, Yvette Cooper 7/2, Mary Creagh 50/1 and Jeremy Corbyn 80/1.

Furthermore, Ed Miliband is not going away quietly. He may have lost the election, but he still remains an MP and is making his mark. According to the BBC, he has made a speech in the House Of Commons, his first since the election.

Liberal Democrats

The party lost almost all of its MPs in May. They now have just eight. As a result just two candidates are standing for the leadership, Tim Farron and Norman Lamb.

According to the Guardian, nominations for Lib Dem leader ended on the 3rd of June meaning that no new candidates can enter the race. Speaking on YouTube, Farron made the case for diversity, whilst highlighting that his own party have lacked diversity itself. All of its remaining MPs are male.

As for the betting markets, William Hill still have Farron as the clear favourite, putting him on 1/8, with Norman Lamb behind on 9/2.

In other news since the election, Charles Kennedy, former Lib Dem leader, passed away at the start of the month.

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