Labour leadership race: who's standing and what are their odds?

Following Ed Miliband's resignation as Labour leader the party is now in search for a new leader. Who's in the running?

Labour's National Executive Committee recently agreed a timetable for the leadership contest. Following a political battle of up to six MPs, the new Labour leader will be announced in four months time on the 12th of September.

So who is standing?

Chuka Umunna

William Hill has him as the favourite with odds of 11/8. He made the announcement of his intention to run via his Facebook page and said that:

“I will be standing for the leadership of the party. I think we can and should be winning in seats like Swindon; north, south, west and east – we can absolutely win as a party. Some have in recent days now suggested it is a 10-year project to get the party back into power. I don’t think we should have any truck with that. I think Labour can do it in five years. I want to lead that effort as part of a really big Labour team getting Labour back into office, and building a fairer and more equal society. That is why we joined the Labour party in the first place.”

The odds are good for the former shadow business secretary, but at the young age of 35 he might be seen as too inexperienced to lead. However, having been elected in 2010 Umunna comes without the baggage from the Blair/Brown era.

Andy Burnham

William Hill gives odds for him of 11/4. He more recently made the announcement to stand and is seen as being more on the left of the party. Following Labour's defeat in 2010 Burnham stood for the Labour leadership, but came fourth behind the Miliband brothers and Ed Balls. This time around he will be hoping to do much better and given William Hill has him as the second favourite he might fair a lot better this time than last.

Yvette Cooper

Her odds are 9/2. When announcing her leadership candidacy she said that Labour should not “go back to the remedies of the past". Her husband Ed Balls fought for the leadership in 2010, but lost out to Ed Miliband, however, with Balls having lost his seat in the 2015 general election the problem the two might have faced in both wanting to run has been removed. Having served as Chief Secretary to the Treasury and Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, she certainly has the experience to lead, but having been an MP since 1997 and having been in the heart of the previous Labour government, those wanting to see a "fresh face" might be put off by her. The same goes for Andy Burnham, who previously served as Secretary of State for Health.

Liz Kendall

Probably the lesser known of the candidates to have declared, Kendall will likely become a more household name in the coming months due to the leadership contest. William Hill have her as the fourth favourite with odds of 6/1. She was the first candidate to declare her intentions of standing, having said very clearly to Andrew Neil on the BBC's Sunday Politics Show that she was going to run. Elected in 2010, she is a fresh face for Labour, however, like Umunna, and unlike Cooper and Burnham, she lacks government experience, but as a fresh face she could benefit.

She also served as Shadow Minister for Care and Older People under the Miliband leadership.

Who else could be running?

Tristram Hunt could be in the running, with odds of 12/1. Stella Creasy's are 33/1 and Chris Leslie's are 50/1.

The full list of odds can be found here.


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