UPDATE: It’s official, she’s on the ticket. David Miliband reportedly spent the morning on the phone persuading MPs to nominate her.

UPDATE II: Abbott secured 10 of McDonnell’s 16 supporters (shown in red below). McDonnell’s supporters failing to nominate her are Martin Caton, Jim Dowd, Frank Field, Dai Harvard, Ian Lavery and Graeme Morrice. Supporters of David Miliband are shown in green.

UPDATE III: Paul Waugh’s compelling account is required reading and shows what a close run thing it was. Abbott was 8 short at 12:15 pm: “With seconds to go, she came into the chamber to try to persuade Dennis Skinner to back her. After PMQs, he looked like a man who was reluctantly going to back her.”

UPDATE IV: Abbot nominees Jack Straw and Rushanara Ali have since backed Miliband along with Fiona MactaggartJon Cruddas and David Lammy. Interestingly, the latter grouping backed Abbott early and may have come to support Miliband though the contest rather than being party to his “drip-drip” strategy from the outset. Sheila Gilmore is voting for David Miliband after he won a primary in Edinburgh East. A number of MPs have also have also backed Ed Balls (shown in orange below) or Ed Miliband (in blue) after initially nominating Abbott.

Though still not official, the New Statesman’s James Macintyre reports Diane Abbott will shortly announce that she has secured the 33 nominations required to stand for the Labour leadership. Her existing support, as recorded by LabourList, have been boosted by an 11th-hour flurry of nominations.

She has presumably benefited from a strong transfer of supporters from John McDonnell, who withdrew from the contest this morning and nominated Abbott (for details of left-wing PLP mathematics see Liberal Conspiracy). David Miliband has also offered his support, tweeting “Gather John McDonnell pulled out. I’m going now to nominate Dianne myself. Encourage others to do the same.”

Will update list below as details emerge.

Prior to Monday (8):

  • Diane Abbott (Hackney North & Stoke Newington)
  • Jon Cruddas (Dagenham & Rainham)
  • Nia Griffith (Llanelli)
  • Kelvin Hopkins (Luton North)
  • David Lammy (Tottenham)
  • Fiona MacTaggart (Slough)
  • Chinyelu Onwurah (Newcastle Central)
  • John Trickett (Hemsworth)

In the last 48 hours (7):

  • Keith Vaz (Leicester East)
  • Gavin Shuker (Luton South)
  • Harriet Harman (Camberwell and Peckham)*
  • John McDonnell (Hayes and Harlington)
  • David Miliband (South Shields)
  • Chris Bryant (Rhondda)
  • Dennis Macshane (Rotherham)

In final announcement (19):

  • Rushanara Ali (Bethnal Green & Bow)
  • Ronnie Campbell (Blyth Valley)
  • Katy Clark (North Ayrshire & Arran)
  • Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North)
  • John Cryer (Leyton & Wanstead)
  • Ian Davidson (Glasgow South West)**
  • Sheila Gilmore (Edinburgh East)
  • Meg Hillier (Hackney South & Shoreditch)
  • Kate Hoey (Vauxhall)
  • Sian James (Swansea East)
  • Tony Lloyd (Manchester Central)*
  • George Mudie (Leeds East)
  • Linda Riordan (Halifax)**
  • Dennis Skinner (Bolsover)
  • Jack Straw (Blackburn)
  • Stephen Twigg (Liverpool West Derby)
  • Mike Wood (Batley & Spen)
  • Phil Woolas (Oldham East & Saddleworth)

*As acting leader and PLP chair, Harriet Harman and Tony Lloyd are expected to remain publicly neutral
** Nominated McDonnell, then Abbott but now supporting other candidate

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  7. Kate Hoey AND Frank Field backed McDonnell? Looks like Abbott has succeeded in splitting the anti-Labour vote already.

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