Labour leadership election timetable: Here’s what’s happening when

Can Corbyn conquer? Will Burnham bounce back? Is Cooper a trooper and is Kendall incidental?

Andy Burnham Ed Miliband

Andy Burnham and Ed Miliband

Back in the olden days, Ed Miliband was leader of the Labour Party. He didn’t win power for the party, so they’re choosing a bright and exciting new leader to take them into the next battle.

That’s the idea anyway.

The reality is completely different. The current front runner could not be any less likely – the 66-year-old Islington North MP and consistent party rebel Jeremy Corbyn scraped onto the ballot paper at the last minute, with nominees saying he would “broaden debate”.

Few expected him to gain significant support, yet it seems he now has a good chance of winning the leadership.

This will be a major upset for many at the top of the party who see his left-wing agenda as too radical and a sure means of losing the next election. Conservatives are already rubbing their hands with glee.

Meanwhile, the three other candidates have failed to garner the same levels of media interest – moderate policies don’t generate exciting headlines, or it seems, win over young fans on social media.

But that does not mean that members of the Labour Party will not vote for Andy Burnham, Liz Kendall or Yvette Cooper.

The pollsters got it wrong about the general election – who knows exactly what will happen on Saturday 12 September when the results will be announced.

Here are the other key dates and times:

Labour leadership election timetable

12 noon Wednesday 12 August - Last date to join as member, affiliated supporter, or registered supporter

Friday 14 August - Ballot mailing despatched

12 noon Thursday 10 September - Ballot closes

Saturday 12 September - Special conference to announce result

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