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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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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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Peter Bone: 'Claims against me have been a nightmare'

"Your house can be raided by police and you know you've done nothing wrong and nothing happens for a year," Conservative MP Peter Bone told ITV News Political Correspondent Libby Wiener after it was announced that will not face charges over fraud claims.

"In a way it's alright for me as an MP I'm used to having people say nasty things about me but it's very unfair on my wife and children," he added.

A spokesman for Northamptonshire Police said: "We received a complaint about a suspected fraud and had a duty to investigate those claims. By their very nature, fraud investigations are complicated and can take a long time to complete.

"Following our investigations, we submitted a file for consideration to the Crown Prosecution Service and we have now been informed of their decision."

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MP Peter Bone: We have suffered trial by media

Conservative MP Peter Bone said he and his wife have suffered "trial by media" after the Crown Prosecution Service announced that the couple will not face any charges over fraud allegations.

Mr Bone said in a statement: "What has been so frustrating about this whole episode is that it has been going on for over a year, without an opportunity for us to clear our names. Recently, we have suffered trial by media."

File photo of Peter Bone Credit: ITV News

"One newspaper in particular has printed information that is incorrect and made allegations that are totally untrue," he went on. "It seems that certain newspapers feel able to print information that is without foundation, despite being told in advance that that information is factually incorrect."

"As we have done nothing wrong and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) only considered the evidence, not newspaper innuendo, we have been proven innocent," the 61-year-old added. "We are naturally delighted that this nightmare has now come to an end."

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