As the results of Labour’s protracted leadership contest were announced at 10.45am on Saturday, it became clear the left’s preferred candidate, Rebecca Long-Bailey, had been emphatically defeated. Among the 14,700 registered supporters – those who joined to participate in the party’s ballot – just 650 individuals voted for the shadow business secretary, who has been a key ally of Jeremy Corbyn in recent years.

Across all sections of the party’s internal electorate, including party members, registered supporters and affiliated organisation, Keir Starmer secured a convincing majority with an overall vote share of 56.2 per cent. In his victory video, the new leader declared a “new era” for the party. So what now, for the Labour left?

Corbyn, alongside his close allies shadow chancellor John McDonnell and shadow home secretary Diane Abbott – both totemic figures of the Labour left in recent years – will now return to the parliamentary backbenches they occupied for decades before his landslide leadership victory in the summer of 2015.

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