Labor’s new system of electing its Federal Parliamentary Leader means the margin of victory within the Federal Labor Caucus will matter. While the Right faction (54% of the FPLP) has nominally backed Bill Shorten, it is possible that it could be overridden if an overwhleming majority of the rank-and-file supports Anthony Albanese.
I’ve decided to keep a running tally of who MPs and Senators have declared they are supporting or who they are reported to back which is below. If I have missed anyone, please let me know.
Declined to declare
UPDATE: Bill Shorten claims a majority of the caucus has signed his nomination form for the leadership.
UPDATE #2: Andrew Crook reports that Bill Shorten has support from 49 out of 86 MPs and lists who is backing whom. Anthony Albanese will need to win 58% of members.
UPDATE #3: The Australian reports that Shorten is likely to have received support from at least 50 MPs