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Voting closes at midday in Labour leadership poll

The four candidates in the Labour leadership race Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Voting closes at midday in the poll to elect the next leader of the Labour party.

Leicester West MP Liz Kendall (above, second from right) is among the candidates.

The candidates standing for the Labour leadership are:

  • Andy Burnham
  • Yvette Cooper
  • Jeremy Corbyn
  • Liz Kendall
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Kendall: Voters 'want something different' from Labour

Labour leadership candidate Liz Kendall has reiterated her determination to stay in the race despite calls for her to step aside.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4's Today programme, Ms Kendall insisted she still believed she could win.

Liz Kendall takes part in a Labour Party leadership hustings in Cheshire Credit: PA Wire

"People want hope. They want something different. There are only two candidates setting out an alternative in this election from what we have been saying over the last five years, that is myself and Jeremy Corbyn."

She declined to say who her backers should vote for as a second preference in the contest, which is run under an Alternative Vote (AV) system.


Labour Leadership Contest sees last minute nomination pushes

Labour leadership contender Liz Kendall address delegates at the annual conference of the GMB union in Dublin. Credit: Niall Carson/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The deadline for nominations for the next Labour Leadership expires today.

Leicester West MP Liz Kendall will find out for certain who she will be up against in the Labour Leadership contest as nominations close.

Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham and Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper are also in the running.

Each candidate needs the support of at least 35 MPs.

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Spontaneous applause and warm tributes at the funeral of former Chesterfield MP Tony Benn

Friends family and supporters from the world of politics gathered to pay tribute to the former Chesterfield MP Tony Benn at his funeral today in Westminster. One mourner described him as a man who had inspired ideas humour and hope for generations.


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Politicians across the divide arrive for Benn funeral

Tony Benn's coffin is carried in by members of his family, including his son Hillary, a serving MP. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Figures from across political divide have arrived in Westminster for the funeral service of Tony Benn.

Mr Benn's coffin arrived at St Margaret's Church to applause and some tears as politicians and activists made up the amassed crowds.

Arthur Scargill is pictured in a rare public appearance. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Arthur Scargill, Rory Bremner, Lord Heseltine, Gerry Adams and Andrew Mitchell are among those at the ceremony, ITV News' Political Correspondent Carl Dinnen reports.

Lord Heseltine was among the mourners. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
Labour leader Ed Miliband and his wife Justine make their way to the service. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire
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Tony Benn funeral: Crowds pay tribute to 'one-off MP'

Devoted crowds are waiting outside in Westminster as the funeral service of former Labour cabinet minister Tony Benn gets underway.

One banner describes the left-wing MP as "truly irreplacable", while another calls him "our Tony Benn".

One poster reads "his truth goes marching on". Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
Another describes Mr Benn as "a one off MP". Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
The Durham Miners Association hoist a flag in Benn's honour. Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
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