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Labour humiliation: Thornberry’s desperate plea for support backfires in horror gaffe

However, her demand failed spectacularly as Labour supporters and social media users turned on the Shadow Foreign Secretary. According to the Independent, Ms Thornberry currently has just nine of the 33 nominations from local Labour Party groups throughout the UK needed to appear on the ballot paper. Already on the paper is Sir Keir Starmer, Rebecca Long Bailey and Lisa Nandy.

She only has until February 14 to get the necessary votes.

At a leadership hustings in Cardiff, Ms Thornberry said: “Well, I may be an excellent candidate, but I’m yet to get on the ballot.

“That’s the truth.

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“I’m as experienced as the other candidates, I’ve had seven front bench jobs, I’ve had two years shadowing Boris Johnson and I’ve torn him to pieces every time.

“Why don’t we give me a chance to be involved in this debate? I can’t do that if you don’t nominate me, so please will just get on and do it.”

And in a dig to rival candidates she added: “We should have a debate that has the widest possible selection for members, and given my foreign policy experience, given my security experience, I think I raise their game.

“We should make sure our 600,000 members actually get a choice of four excellent candidates – why are we cutting it down to three?

“So please, would you just get on with it.

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