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Angela Rayner sees off rivals to become Labour’s new deputy leader

Angela Rayner won on the third round of counting.

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Angela Rayner has been elected the new deputy leader of the Labour Party.

She beat off nearest rival Rosena Allin-Khan on the third round of voting.

Left-winger Richard Burgon came a distant third, ahead of Ian Murray and Dawn Butler.

Ms Rayner, who takes over from Tom Watson, said: "Things have dramatically changed in our country in recent months but our values remain the same, and more important than ever.

"Those are the values we will reflect in our actions as an opposition and a movement – standing up for our public services, for our workers and carers, and for a society in which people work together and look after one another.

"Together, we must rebuild and reconnect with communities right across Britain who need our support now, more than ever before.

"I know we face a long and difficult road ahead but we must unite, both in the face of this crisis and to offer the better future that the citizens of our country deserve."

Ms Rayner also pledged that Keir Starmer - who was comfortably elected leader - would have her "full support" in the years ahead.

In the first round of voting, the Shadow Education Secretary won 41.7% of votes, well ahead of second places Mr Burgon, who received 17.3%.

Bottom-placed Dawn Butler was eliminated, and in the second round Ms Rayner received 46.5%.

Mr Murray was then elimated, and in the third round Ms Rayner emerged triumphant with 52.6%.

Second paced Ms Allin-Khan got 26.1%, with Mr Burgon on 21.3%.



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