Early indications now that nominations to the Labour Party NEC have closed are that the usual lead in CLP nominations enjoyed by the left "Grassroots Alliance" has been overturned.
Final figures are yet to emerge but I've heard that:
Ann Black (GRA) has over 170 nominations (including many CLPs that nominated the 5 Labour First candidates plus her as the most moderate of the GRA slate)
Ellie Reeves and Peter Wheeler (both Labour First) are both around the 125-130 mark
Pete Willsman (GRA) is at just under 120
Christine Shawcroft (GRA) has just under 100
Mohammed Azam (GRA), Peter Kenyon (GRA) and Sonika Nirwal (Labour First) have between 60 and 70.
Deborah Gardiner (Labour First), Azhar Ali (Labour First) and Fran Griffiths (GRA) have between 50 and 55.
It looks as though the actual ballot will be highly competitive, with some chance of Labour First taking 4 or even 5 seats.