Liz Kendall refuses to quit Labour leadership contest

Kendall could defeat Corbyn – by dropping out

She’s trailing in the polls, but it seems Liz Kendall is in it for the long haul.

After Jeremy Corbyn took a surprise lead yesterday, many people in the party hoped Kendall might drop out of the race and throw her support behind another candidate.

However, Kendall’s people said it was “not going to happen”.

Corbyn, the more left-wing of the candidates, has been picking up support recently, particularly after receiving condemnation from Tony Blair – arguably Labour’s least popular former leader.

The candidate, who leans further left than the others, has had the least cash in donations but seems to be the most popular – rocketing ahead with a 17-point lead in the polls.

Kendall meanwhile was polling at 11%, half the support of other candidates Yvette Cooper and Andy Burnham.

Prescott throws a punch at Blair

John Prescott has also spoken out after Blair’s comments yesterday.

The former deputy leader said it had been “unacceptable” for Blair to intervene in the Labour leadership battle, telling him to “calm down”.

He urged to party to “stop the abuse” and “get back to policy”.

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