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There is speculation that Labour leadership contenders may begin to announce their intentions today.

Harriet Harman is now acting Labour leader – although she has reportedly ruled herself out of running for the leadership, apparently preferring to stay as the second-in-command.

Here are the current odds offered by Ladbrokes on the most likely contenders:

  • David Miliband – 8/13
  • Ed Balls – 7/1
  • Ed Miliband – 7/1
  • Alan Johnson – 8/1
  • Andy Burnham – 12/1
  • Alistair Darling – 16/1
  • Harriet Harman – 16/1
  • Jon Cruddas – 20/1

7.40am Alan Johnson declares his support for David Miliband on the Today Programme

5.20pm update:

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David Miliband has announced he is a candidate for the Labour leadership. He says he will formally launch his campaign in his South Shields constituency next week, but starting tomorrow is going on a national tour of constituencies to seek to understand why Labour lost and the hope and fears of the British people.

Jonathan Isaby

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