The Telegraph reports:
A left-wing Labour MP has surged into second place as the activist’s choice for party leader.
Jeremy Corbyn, who is backed by the unions, is increasingly seen as a major player after pulling into second behind Andy Burnham.
The increasing support for Mr Corbyn will fuel speculation that he will have to be offered a shadow cabinet role by whoever wins.
The latest returns from constituency Labour Party branches show that Mr Corbyn has the support of 28 constituencies, just behind Mr Burnham who has the support of 33.
He is now ahead of Yvette Cooper, the shadow health secretary, while Liz Kendall, the Blairite shadow health minister, has the support of just four branches.
Mr Corbyn, whose priorities include the introduction of a Soviet-style “planned economy”, was only included in the race at he last minute after MPs decided there should be a “broad debate”.
Even a third of the MPs who nominated him made clear that they did not support him, with most assuming that he would finish last.
However his popularity among activists could now prove decisive in the contest to succeed Ed Miliband, the former Labour leader.
Labour MPs said privately that his surprise success was a “disaster” for the party which will “now be stuck with him”.
David Cameron can’t believe his luck.
Mr Corbyn is calling for an end to all cuts, unilateral nuclear disarmament, open door imigration and the formation of a united Ireland.
He is an ardent republican and once petitioned Tony Blair, the former Labour leader, to evict he Royal Family from Buckingham Palace.
Unilateral disarmament, forcing Northern Ireland to leave the UK, and evicting the 90 year old Queen from her house – yes Labour is onto a winner here.