Thanks to a last minute rush of nominations, Jeremy Corbyn has made it onto the Labour leadership ballot paper. Corbyn had 30 MPs backing him at 11am this morning and it seems some undecideds and Team Burnham defectors were persuaded it would be a good thing to have Corbyn in the contest, taking him to the 35 names he needed. The MP for Islington North is now the most left-wing candidate to fight a Labour leadership election since Tony Benn ran against Neil Kinnock in 1988.
But as you can see from the list of MPs nominating him below, many of those backing Corbyn are not his natural supporters. In fact some, such as Sadiq Khan, have radically different political stances. It seems that Corbyn was backed by this rainbow coalition so Labour can have a 'proper debate' about its future:
There’ll be debate now about who benefits from Corbyn’s entry into the race. The most plausible theory is that Andy Burnham does, with Corbyn on the stage it becomes that much harder to paint Burnham as the left-wing candidate.
But, I suspect, that the biggest smiles today are to be found at Conservative Campaign Headquarters. The Conservatives will relish the impact that Corbyn will have on this contest and the debate about Labour’s direction.