• Party has sent tweet to their 385,000 followers calling for applicants to be MPs
  • Labour has faced an exodus which included shadow cabinet’s Dave Anderson
  • Andy Burnham also confirmed he will leave Parliament at the general election
  • List of vacant Labour spots in  England, Scotland and Wales has risen to 411

Alex Matthews For Mailonline

Labour has desperately urged wannabe election candidates to send in their applications after 20 MPs plan to step down from the party.

Jeremy Corbyn‘s party sent a tweet to their 385,000 followers calling for people to apply sooner rather than later as a string of members decide to quit before the election on June 8.

So far 13 MPs have publicly announced the decision to vacate their seats, with shadow cabinet minister Dave Anderson and Andy Burnham among them.

Labour has desperately urged wannabe election candidates to send in their applications after 20 MPs plan step down from the party

Labour has desperately urged wannabe election candidates to send in their applications after 20 MPs plan step down from the party

Labour has desperately urged wannabe election candidates to send in their applications after 20 MPs plan step down from the party

Labour plans to put candidates in every seat that a Conservative MP is currently sitting, but so far their list of vacant spots in England, Scotland and Wales has risen to 411.

Those applying for the job, which comes with an annual salary of £74,000, must be over 18 and meet certain criteria, such as being a member of the party for at least 12 months.

They must also answer a series of questions, which include: 

  • What do we need to do to win this election?
  • What makes you a great campaigner?
  • Describe the particular skills you have which will help you as an elected representative

After applications are sent in, they will be reviewed and then interviews will be conducted before future MPs are finally selected.

The deadline for applications in England are by noon on Sunday and in Wales at 5pm on Monday. 

Those applying to be an MP, which comes with an annual salary of £74,000, must be over 18 and meet certain criteria, such as being a member of the party for at least 12 months

Those applying to be an MP, which comes with an annual salary of £74,000, must be over 18 and meet certain criteria, such as being a member of the party for at least 12 months

Those applying to be an MP, which comes with an annual salary of £74,000, must be over 18 and meet certain criteria, such as being a member of the party for at least 12 months

Michael Dugher MP took a swipe at Jeremy Corbyn as he announced his departure and stressed that Labour must get  'in touch with working class people'

Michael Dugher MP took a swipe at Jeremy Corbyn as he announced his departure and stressed that Labour must get  'in touch with working class people'

Michael Dugher MP took a swipe at Jeremy Corbyn as he announced his departure and stressed that Labour must get  ‘in touch with working class people’

Labour’s call for for future MPs comes after Michael Dugher, who was last year sacked by Mr Corbyn from the shadow cabinet, took a swipe at the Labour leader as he announced his departure.

The MP for Barnsley East said he wishes Labour ‘nothing but the best’ but stressed it must be a party ‘in touch with working class people and one that can get into government so we can actually do something to really help people’.

Four Conservative MPs are also quitting Parliament, including former defence minister Sir Gerald Howarth and Dame Angela Watkinson – both leaving plumb safe seats.

Mr Dugher is among a growing group of Labour MPs who have told party officials they do not want to fight again for their Commons seats. 

Polls suggest dozens more will be fighting for their political lives and face being sacked by voters. 

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