So what do you reckon? Who's in with a chance and who are the outsiders?
Emily Thornberry - MP for Islington South and Finsbury (since 2005) Clive Lewis - MP for Norwich South (since 2015)
Yvette Cooper, chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee since 2016 David Lammy, former universities minister Rebecca Long-Bailey, shadow business secretary since 2017 Lisa Nandy, former shadow energy secretary Keir Starmer, shadow Brexit secretary since 2016 Dan Jarvis, MP for Barnsley Central, mayor of the Sheffield City Region
DECLINED: Diane Abbott, shadow home secretary Dawn Butler, shadow equalities secretary (running for deputy leader) Ian Lavery, chair of the Labour Party John McDonnell, shadow chancellor
MEDIA SUGGESTIONS: Jonathan Ashworth, shadow health secretary Jess Phillips, MP for Birmingham Yardley Angela Rayner, shadow education secretary
According to Sky News a first poll of Labour members reveals Keir Starmer has opened up a solid lead over his rivals in the race to succeed Jeremy Corbyn. YouGov polled 1,059 Labour members in the last 10 days of December. 31% Sir Keir Starmer 20% Rebecca Long-Bailey 11% Jess Phillips 7% Yvette Cooper and Clive Lewis 6% Emily Thornberry 5% Lisa Nandy.
Down-to-earth Jess Phillips would get my vote. She is straight-talking and has a sense of humour, and Lord knows, whoever takes over needs the ability to laugh at themselves these days.I genuinely wish for a credible opposition party, one that will hold Boris to account. R. L-B is too dour and too 'Jeremy' in my opinion.
It's a great pity the right of free speech isn't based on the obligation to say something sensible.