PETER KYLE has announced who he endorses for the next Labour leader.

Hours after his re-election to the Hove and Portslade constituency in the December 12 election, Mr Kyle called on Jeremy Corbyn to resign.

He said the leader must “take ownership of this failure” rather than “blaming Brexit” following a “titanic” defeat by the Conservative party.

Although Mr Corbyn is yet to leave the post, a campaign to replace him has already begun with a number of MPs announcing their candidacy.

Now, Mr Kyle has announced he supports Jess Phillips, the MP for Birmingham Yardley, as the next Labour leader.

He said: “Jess will give voice to the millions who told us last month they

want Labour to reconnect with the realities of modern life.

“She can count on my nomination and every candidate can count on my respectful engagement – we need a conversation not a fight.

“Speak truth. Win power.”

Four other MPs have thrown their hats in the ring so far.

These are shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry, shadow treasury minister Clive Lewis, Wigan MP Lisa Nandy and Sir Keir Starmer, who is the current front-runner for the Labour leadership.

Second favourite is Salford MP Rebecca Long-Bailey at 4/1 but she is yet to announce her candidacy.

Lloyd Russell Moyle, Labour MP for Brighton Kemptown is 200/1 according to Ladbrooks.

Jess Phillips is currently 8/1.

In a Twitter post, Ms Phillips said: “I’m standing to be the next Labour leader.

“Politics needs honest voices.

“Only when we are honest again, with ourselves and with the country, will we become the people who get to make the decisions.

“I can’t do this alone.

“Join me to help make things better.