Ian Murray has surged past the required number of nominations from MPs and MEPs in Labour’s deputy leadership contest.

The 29 nominating parliamentarians include the party’s chief whip, Nick Brown.

Murray, the party’s only Scottish MP, said:

“I’m overwhelmed by the positive response I’ve received from colleagues, as well as Labour members from across the UK.

I’m now relishing the chance to get out there and speak to members in every region and nation of the UK during the campaign.

This is an opportunity to rebuild the Labour Party into an alternative government for the future, not a protest movement of the past.”