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Labour leadership contenders under starters' orders as Alan Johnson declares for David Miliband

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