Andy Burnham, Shadow Home Secretary, has come out in support of Jeremy Corbyn.
Burnham, who stood against Corbyn for Labour Leader last year, and was widely expected to win until the unexpected pro-Corbyn surge occurred, said:
“At an uncertain time like this for our country, I cannot see how it makes sense for the Opposition to plunge itself into a civil war.
“I have never taken part in a coup against any Leader of the Labour Party and I am not going to start now.
“It is for our members to decide who leads our Party and ten months ago they gave Jeremy Corbyn a resounding mandate. I respect that, and them.”
Some have suggested that Burnham, who wishes to run for the Labour nomination for Mayor of Greater Manchester, is courting the Corbynite vote, which may be able to swing the nomination in his favour.
His announcement surprised many, due to his own candidacy the previous year – it was widely predicted as events were unfolding that in the event of a successful coup, Burnham could sweep in and claim the Leadership for his own.
This now puts the score on 7-3, still in favour of the mutineers.