Written by Scott Campbell, Cumbernauld Media's Senior Reporter.
Published at 11:30 on 11 September 2015
MEMBERS of the Labour Party in Cumbernauld and Kilsyth have backed Andy Burnham for leader, it has been announced, after voting in the party’s leadership closed.
The Cumbernauld and Kilsyth Constituency Labour Party (CLP) formally endorsed Andy Burnham for party leader, following a meeting of members earlier this year.
Voting closed in the Labour leadership race closed on Thursday (10th September), with the anticipation being that left-wing contender and Labour Party veteran Jeremy Corbyn, will win.
Andy Burnham, Liz Kendall and Yvette Cooper are also running for the leadership of their party, which was launched after Ed Miliband stood down as party leader in May.
Members, registered supporters and affiliated supporters who joined the Labour Party before 3pm on August 12th could vote.
There have been accusations of membership ‘purging’ and ballot papers not being received by thousands of members, though the Labour Party says that the contest was well run.
Backed by trade unions including Unite, Unison, and the Communication Workers’ Union, and with the most Constituency Labour Party nominations, it is expected that Mr Corbyn will win the race.
Initially only scrapping into the leadership contest by minutes after 15 fellow Labour MPs lent him their nominations, despite not supporting him, Corbyn’s campaign has aided a surge in new Labour members and supporters.
According to the Labour Party, the number of people either joining the party or paying the £3 ‘supporter’s fee’ to take part in the ballot near-tripled, taking the total number of those eligible to vote to around 550,000.
If elected leader, Mr Corbyn has pledged to give party members a much greater say in the policy-making process.
His key proposals include renationalisation of the railways, opposing austerity, opposing bombing Syria, controlling rents, creating a national education service, and apologising for Labour’s role in the Iraq war.
A YouGov poll for The Times newspaper, earlier this year, suggested that the 66-year-old Islington North MP had around 43 per cent support.
In the first round, fellow candidates Andy Burnham had 26 per cent of the vote; Yvette Cooper came in third with 20 per cent, while Liz Kendall came in fourth place with just 11 per cent of the vote.
A special conference this Saturday (12th September) will unveil the new party leader after voting closed on Thursday afternoon, though a result is expected to be announced in Westminster that same day, at 11.30am.
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