Four British politicians are in the race to replace Labour leader Ed Miliband, who resigned last week following the party's election defeat.

Miliband stepped down Friday after his party lost almost all of its seats in Scotland and ran well behind the winning Conservatives elsewhere.

Candidates to replace him include ex-Cabinet minister Yvette Cooper, long seen as the party's potential first female leader, and Chuka Umunna, a lawyer and the party's business spokesman.

Andy Burnham, the party's health spokesman, and Liz Kendall, first elected to Parliament in 2010, are also in the race.

The new leader will be chosen through a postal ballot of party members, and announced on Sept. 12.

The last Labour government was led by Gordon Brown from 2007 to 2010.