Angela Eagle has pulled out of the Labour leadership race and thrown her support behind Owen Smith in his challenge to Jeremy Corbyn.
The ex-shadow business secretary said she was dropping out “in the interests of the party” and would back Mr Smith “with all her might and enthusiasm”.
Critics of Mr Corbyn want a single challenger to take him on.
The news came as details of how many nominations the two challengers had received from MPs was to be published.
Both Ms Eagle and Mr Smith said whichever of the two them had the less support would withdraw from the race.