In a few days time the Labour Party will start the process of electing its new leader following the resignation of Ed Milliband in the aftermath of Labour's disastrous show in the 2015 General Election.

The actual voting procedures were amended earlier this year and I do not propose to go into them here. What this article aims to do is to provide a short thumbnail sketch profile of the MP's standing, in order maybe to get a better understanding of what the Labour Party and the United Kingdom Parliament might get with the successful candidate.

The candidates are - in no particular order - Andy Burnham, Liz Kendall, Yvette Cooper and Jeremy Corbyn.

In this, the first of four articles, I will take a look at Andy Burnham.

Perhaps prior to the commencement of this battle, the public at large would have heard the name Andy Burnham more than the other three. And maybe this is because he had held a number of Government posts under the last labour government and he was the Labour Party'sShadow Health Secretary while the last coalition Government was in power.

For some, the fact that he held these various posts is considered a good thing in that he has ministerial and Shadow Ministerial experience. On the other hand, there are those that say that being in such positions in a party that lost its way is a negative rather than a positive factor. Indeed it could be argued that the man is too steeped in the principles of the Blairite years to have any chance of returning the party to its roots in terms of the politics of a so-called Left Wing Party.

Indeed, when he speaks of the Labour Party as a "Party that helps every person, every family and every business", one could easily imagine those words being churned out by Tony Blair himself. Whether that is Left of Centre enough for the very high percentage of UK citizens who feel that the current and previous Tory led Governments have squeezed the poor and under-privileged too much already remains to be seen.

The next article will be a profile of Je Corbyn