Emily Thornberry, the shadow foreign secretary, has failed to make it through to the next and final round of the Labour leadership contest.

All four candidates in the leadership race had until midnight on Friday to secure the backing of either 33 constituency Labour parties or three affiliates, such as unions, to get on to the final ballot of the membership.

Hours before the deadline closed, it became clear that Ms Thornberry would be unable to meet the threshold.

Sir Keir Starmer, the shadow Brexit secretary and a former director of public prosecutions, is currently the bookmakers’ favourite to succeed Jeremy Corbyn.

The two other candidates through to the final round are Rebecca Long Bailey, the leftwing shadow business secretary, and backbencher Lisa Nandy.

More than half a million members of the party, as well as one-off “registered supporters”, will now choose the next leader who will be unveiled at a special conference on April 4.

All four candidates had to secure more than 22 signatures from Labour MPs in the previous round of the contest, which saw Ms Thornberry scrape over the threshold, securing the support of enough MPs just minutes before nominations closed.

On Friday, the Labour politician wrote on Twitter: “Your CLP can make all the difference! Nominate me to get the widest range of voices, skills and experience on the ballot. Labour members deserve to have the widest and best possible choice when deciding our next leader.”

Meanwhile, Ms Nandy secured the backing of Jewish Labour Movement, a group which affiliated to the Labour party in 1920, with 51 per cent of members’ votes.

Sir Keir secured 45 per cent of the Jewish Labour Movement vote on Friday, while Ms Thornberry and Ms Long Bailey received 1.9 per cent and 1.4 per cent, respectively.

At an event hosted by the group on Thursday, each candidate apologised for the party’s handling of anti-Semitism allegations.

Questioned on whether she had spoken with colleagues in the shadow cabinet about the leadership’s handling of anti-Semitism, Ms Long Bailey told the hustings event that she had.

However, she admitted: “Was that enough? No it wasn’t. Could I have done more? Yes.”

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