The Labour grassroots group Momentum is supporting shadow business secretary Rebecca Long-Bailey in the race to replace Jeremy Corbyn as party leader.

Some 70.4% of members who responded backed a proposal to support Mrs Long-Bailey, with 52.1% opting to back Angela Rayner for deputy leader.

A Momentum spokesperson said it would be “mobilising thousands” to campaign for its chosen candidates.

Mrs Long-Bailey and Ms Rayner were the only names on the online ballot.

This followed their selection as preferred candidates by Momentum’s steering group.

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After the announcement of the results, Mrs Long-Bailey, an ally of Mr Corbyn, said she was “proud and beyond grateful” to be backed by the group.

She said she would

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