Two more join race for Labour leadership
ANOTHER New Labour figure will join the race to succeed Gordon Brown today as calls grow for the party to rip up its timetable for electing a new party leader.
Andy Burnham, the former health secretary, is the fifth candidate to enter the race.
The 40-year-old is the fourth to come from a New Labour background, prompting complaints from activists that they are not being offered a genuine choice about Labour's future. The only left-wing candidate, John McDonnell, has admitted he is unlikely to attract enough support from fellow MPs to feature on the ballot paper.
Mr Burnham, who has been an MP for Leigh, Greater Manchester, since 2001, is associated with the Blairite wing of the party.
Ed Balls, the former schools secretary and one of former prime minister Brown's closest advisers, launched his leadership bid in Nottinghamshire yesterday. (© Independent News Service)