Rachael Maskell reveals who she is backing for Labour leader – and why

Rachael Maskell in the House of Commons

Rachael Maskell has backed Emily Thornberry for the Labour leadership.

The York Central MP, recently promoted to be shadow employment rights secretary by outgoing leader Jeremy Corbyn, lent her support to Emily Thornberry.

The shadow foreign secretary was short of the 22 nominations required to make it through to the last stage of the contest until shortly before the 2.30pm deadline, but finally managed to secure 23 – with Ms Maskell’s help.

The MP tweeted:

Emily Thornberry joins Sir Keir Starmer, Rebecca Long-Bailey, Lisa Nandy and Jess Phillips in the race for Labour leader.