Labour leader poll: Who should replace Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader? Vote HERE readers can vote in our poll on who should be the next Labour leader. Names tipped to replace Mr Corbyn include shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer, shadow business secretary Rebecca Long-Bailey and Birmingham Yardley MP Jess Phillips.

Sir Keir is the favourite with Ladbrokes at 5/2.

Ms Long-Bailey is 4/1, while Ms Phillips is 6/1.

Shadow education secretary Angela Rayner is also 6/1.

Other frontrunners include Lisa Nandy and Yvette Cooper at 8/1.

Shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry, who has deputised for Mr Corbyn at Prime Minister’s Questions, is 16/1.

It comes as Mr Corbyn indicated he will quit as Labour leader in early 2020.

But he is under mounting pressure to stand down immediately after the party suffered its worst General Election defeat since 1935.

Speaking about the timetable for him to leave, Mr Corbyn said: “The National Executive will have to meet, of course, in the very near future and it is up to them. It will be in the early part of next year.

“I have pride in our manifesto that we put forward, and all the policies we put forward, which actually had huge public support.

“But this election was taken over ultimately by Brexit and we as a party represent people who voted both Remain and Leave.

“My whole strategy was to reach out beyond the Brexit divide to try and bring people together, because ultimately the country has to come together.”

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Speaking after retaining his Islington North seat, Mr Corbyn said he would stay at the helm for a “period of reflection”.

He said: “I will discuss with our party to ensure there is a process now of reflection on this result and on the policies that the party will take going forward.

“And I will lead the party during that period to ensure that discussion takes place and we move on into the future.”

Mr Corbyn has been rounded on by Labour MPs, peers and defeated candidates who have blamed the catastrophic defeat on his leadership.

But the Labour leader’s allies have insisted it was down to Brexit and not a rejection of Mr Corbyn’s radical left-wing policy programme.

The party was left with just 203 seats – down from the 262 it won in the 2017 general election and the 243 it held when Parliament was dissolved in November.

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