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Alex White WILL challenge Joan Burton for the Labour leadership

He’ll make the announcement tomorrow.

Updated 22:40

ALEX WHITE WILL tomorrow announce his intention to seek the leadership of the Labour Party.

The Minster of State for Primary Care will make the announcement on the Rosie Hackett Bridge in Dublin at 11 am tomorrow morning.

Social Protection Minister Joan Burton is currently the only name put forward to lead the party but White’s announcement means there will now be a leadership contest.

Three people are set to contest for Burton’s current position of deputy leader, Junior Minsters Alan Kelly and Seán Sherlock as well as Cork TD Michael McCarthy

Nominations for the posts of leader and deputy leader are to close at noon next Tuesday before a month-long postal ballot process begins with some 5,000 party members eligible to vote.

The results of both contests will be announced on 4 July.

Originally Published 19:10

Read: Three TDs want to be Labour’s second-in-command, one thinks Joan Burton would be a ‘fantastic’ leader >

Read: Here’s who is in the frame to become the new Labour leader >

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