Here's who young voters think should be the next Labour leader

Evan Bartlett@ev_bartlett
Wednesday 24 June 2015 10:20
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Liz Kendall has emerged as the clear favourite among younger voters to be the next leader of the Labour party.

An ORB poll for the Independent found that 43 per cent of 18 to 24-year-olds think the MP for Leicester West would improve the party's chance of election compared to just 27 per cent for her main rival Andy Burnham.

However, when voters from all age groups are put together, it is Burnham, the former health secretary, who most people think will serve the party better.

Contrary to these results however, the Independent's political editor Andrew Grice reports that some senior Labour figures believe Yvette Cooper could be the dark horse.

"Under the party’s preferential voting system, the candidate who comes last drops out and second preference votes are redistributed until one person wins more than 50 per cent of the votes," Grice explains.

"This method helped Ed Miliband overtake his older brother David in the 2010 leadership contest, and could favour Ms Cooper as candidates – including Mr Corbyn – drop out."

The next Labour leader will be announced at a special conference on 12 September.

See the full results of the poll here.

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