Pressure on Sir Keir mounts as senior Labour figures share their leadership ambitions

Sir Keir Starmer casts vote in 'Super Thursday' local elections

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Andy Burnham confirmed he would run for the top job again if he had enough support and Yvette Cooper refused to rule out a future bid. The Greater Manchester mayor claimed the party would have had better election results earlier this month if he was leader.

Bookmaker Ladbrokes cut the odds on Sir Keir, 58, being replaced this year to 5/2 from 4/1 and put Mr Burnham as favourite to take over.

Mr Burnham yesterday criticised Labour for lacking the “wherewithal” to come up with bold policies.

He was fourth out of five candidates when Ed Miliband won the 2010 leadership vote and was soundly defeated by Jeremy Corbyn in 2015. 

But he insisted “life would have been different if I had won”, and added: “We would be stronger in taking on the Government. I don’t think we’d have lost as many northern seats.”

Mr Burnham, 51, said he would not be challenging for the leadership “any time soon”. He said: “If there comes a point where it is clear to me the Labour Party, having not thought me right twice, suddenly thinks ‘well actually you probably are now, because of the way the world has changed’, then I will put myself forward.”

Backbencher Ms Cooper, 52, was also heavily defeated in the 2015 poll. She believes Sir Keir, who struggled in a football match yesterday but recovered to rejoin the game and go to the pub afterwards, has failed to set out a “positive” ­post-Brexit vision.

A poll by JL Partners found Labour was out of touch on so-called woke issues, with 56 percent believing the party is most likely to agree with pulling down statues.

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