Harriet Harman

Member of Parliament for Camberwell and Peckham. Mother of the House.

Interim Leader of the Labour Party

Following the resignation of Ed Miliband as Leader of the Labour Party I have stepped forward to be Interim Leader until a new leader is elected by the party.

It is not my intention to stay on as Deputy Leader of the Labour Party when the new Leader is elected. Therefore, I announced that I am stepping down as Deputy Leader - with my resignation taking effect when the new Leader and Deputy Leader are elected.

Our first priority is to form the most effective, determined opposition we possibly can.  People are looking to us to challenge the Tories every step of the way – and we have 232 passionate, committed Labour MPs who are going to do exactly that.

Second, we must remain stable and united as we reflect and begin to rebuild.

Thirdly, we need a proper analysis of our result at this election – a result we were not expecting.  I have commissioned a careful exploration of the facts to begin to answer this question.

Fourthly, we will elect our new leader and deputy leader.  The leadership election will be held under the new one-person-one-vote rules agreed earlier this year, which will make it the fairest, most inclusive leadership election this party has ever had.

Our challenge now is to use this time to listen and learn, to elect a new Leader and Deputy Leader who will rebuild the Labour Party in order to take the fight to this Tory Government and to stand up for Britain.


The full leadership election timetable, as agreed by the NEC, is as follows:

Friday 15 May                                      Election Period Opens

Monday 8 June                                     PLP Nomination Hustings for Leader

Tuesday 9 June                                    PLP Nomination Hustings for Deputy Leader

Tuesday 9 June                                    PLP Nominations Open

12 noon Monday 15 June                     PLP Nominations (Leader) Close

12 noon Wednesday 17 June               PLP Nominations (Deputy Leader) Close

Wednesday 17 June                             Hustings period opens

12 noon Friday 31 July                         Supporting Nominations Close

12 noon Wednesday 12 August            Last date to join as member, affiliated supporter, or registered supporter

Friday 14 August                                  Ballot mailing despatched

12 noon Thursday 10 September         Ballot closes

Saturday 12 September                       Special conference to announce result

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