Top 7 women to replace Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader

Yvette Cooper

No woman has ever led the UK Labour party. Could Jeremy Corbyn’s successor be a woman?

7th - Melanie Onn

The Labour MP for Grimsby is currently the seventh favourite woman to succeed Jeremy Corbyn as party leader, according to the betting comparison site Oddschecker. Onn first won her the traditionally Labour seat in 2015 and retained it two years later with an increased share of the vote. This young Labour MP served as Shadow Deputy Leader of the House of Commons from her election until Corbyn’s post-Brexit referendum reshuffle in which she was appointed as the party’s Shadow Minister for Housing.

PaddyPower currently offer odds of 50/1 for Onn becoming her party’s next leader.

 

6th - Stella Creasy

Creasy first won the seat of Walthamstow at the 2010 election, and retained it in the subsequent two general elections. During Ed Miliband’s time in power, she served as her party’s Home Affairs Shadow Minister and later the Shadow Business Minister. She ran to be the party’s deputy leader in the 2015 leadership contest, coming in second behind Labour giant Tom Watson. With a history of standing for leadership positions, she is certainly one to watch for the future. William Hill and PaddyPower each offer odds of 50/1 each for her to replace Corbyn when the time comes.

5th - Rebecca Long-Bailey

Like Melania Onn, Long-Bailey was first elected at the 2015 general election. She has risen quickly in the party, becoming its Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury after Britain voted to leave the EU last year following a spell as a Shadow Treasury Minister. Then, earlier this year she was moved to the role of Shadow Business Secretary, a position she holds to this day. Long-Bailey’s success has been partly down to her loyalty to Jeremy Corbyn, but this rising star is one politician to watch for the future. Could she be Corbyn’s natural successor? Ladbrokes offer odds of 16/1 for a Long-Bailey leadership while William Hill offers shorter odds of 14/1.

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4th - Angela Rayner

First elected in 2015 for Ashton-under-Lyne and again in 2017, Rayner has risen quickly in the party. Starting out as an opposition whip, she became a Work and Pensions Shadow Minister before becoming Shadow Education Secretary after June 2016. According to the New Statesman, she recently attacked the government for ignoring her successful motion to oppose tuition fee increases.

SkyBet offer odds of 14/1 for Rayner to succeed Corbyn.

3rd - Lisa Nandy

First elected in 2010 for the seat of Wigan, Nandy was appointed Labour’s Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change in 2015, but quit the role after the EU referendum. This mass exodus of shadow ministers led to Owen Smith’s failed challenge to oust Jeremy Corbyn as leader later in the year.

William Hill and Coral each offer odds of 12/1 for Nandy becoming the next Labour leader.

 

2nd - Yvette Cooper

This experienced former government cabinet minister still remains a prominent Labour party figure. Under Gordon Brown, she served as Chief Secretary to the Treasury and then Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. She is now Chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee. She stood in the 2015 leadership election coming in third behind Corbyn and Andy Burnham, but she did beat Liz Kendall. Cooper is an experienced politician with clear ambitions to lead, but it’s hard to imagine that the electorate which have backed Jeremy Corbyn so strongly would support Cooper.

Nonetheless, Ladbrokes offer odds of 12/1 for her to replace Jeremy Corbyn.

1st - Emily Thornberry

Thornberry is seen as a close Corbyn ally, and as Shadow First Secretary of State and Shadow Foreign Secretary, she is clearly someone on track to do well in politics. The Huffington Post has reported that Unite’s Len McCluskey sees her as a future Labour Party leader who be an excellent successor to Corbyn.

Ladbrokes offer odds of 10/1 for Thornberry to replace Corbyn while William Hill offer odds of 8/1.

Emily Thornberry

All odds can be accessed on Oddschecker, and are accurate as of 18th September.