Keir Starmer vowed to maintain Labour's radicalism and win the U.K.'s next general election as he laid out his pitch to lead the country's main opposition party. "If you are anti-Semitic you shouldn't be in the Labour Party", he told BBC1's Breakfast programme.
The 57-year-old said that he had previously called for tougher action on the issue and pushed for automatic expulsion for anyone found to be anti-Semitic.
"I am so proud to have been nominated by a group of MPs from different parts of the country and different traditions of our movement", said Ms. Nandy.
Candidates who reach the magic number of 22 - 10% of Labour MPs and MEPs in the PLP, who total 212 - will then need to secure the backing of 5% of constituency Labour branches or at least three affiliate groups, two of which must be made up of trade unions.
Shadow business secretary Rebecca Long-Bailey, the favourite of left-leaning Labour supporters, and the backbenchers Lisa Nandy and Jess Phillips have also passed the threshold.
Referencing to the decision to expel former spin doctor to Tony Blair, Alastair Campbell, for supporting the Liberal Democrats at the European elections, Sir Keir added: "It seemed to me that if you have been chucked out of the Labour Party for supporting another political party, you should be chucked out for being anti-Semitic".
The deadline for securing enough nominations is 2:30pm on Monday, otherwise candidates will be forced to drop out.
Ms Long Bailey is the favourite of the left-leaning members and MPs.
He said Labor needed to regain voters' confidence after his "devastating" defeat in December when he visited Unison's headquarters in London.
Ahead of the official launch, he said: "We have to rebuild people's trust in Labour as a force for good and real change. He positioned us in the right place on anti-austerity but we lost the election and now he is stepping down", he said.
"On that basis, I wouldn't give him anything out of 10". He is a friend and a colleague.
"It is now clear to me that at this late stage I can not secure enough nominations to move on to the next round", he said in a statement.
He is well ahead in MP endorsements of his main rival, Ms Long-Bailey, who has been dubbed the "continuity Corbyn" candidate by some.
He rubbished suggestions that he was too "centrist" to succeed.
"It gives us the best possible mandate to stand up for the members that the Labor Party can bring together to give our country the radical, dynamic, compassionate Labor government that the country deserves". "Frankly, I find all the labels just get in the way", he said.
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