31/07/2015 15:50 BST | Updated 31/07/2015 15:59 BST

Abby Tomlinson, #Milifandom Founder, Backs Andy Burnham For Labour Leader

Abby Tomlinson, the 17-year-old founder of the Milifandom internet movement has announced she wants Andy Burnham to succeed her hero, Ed Miliband, as Labour Party leader.

During the general election campaign, Tomlinson led an army of teenage girls online in defending Miliband from "distorted media portrayals" in the manner of devoted One Direction fans.

The 17-year-old student met and interviewed Burnham earlier this month, snapping a selfie with the shadow health secretary and commenting that he was a "really nice guy with a lot of good things to say".

Writing on The Huffington Post earlier this month, Tomlinson criticised the Labour leadership race as having "turned ugly".

"The politics of fear that was so ruthlessly utilised by the Conservative campaign during the general election is now being used by its previous victims. Some Labour members, supporters, and even MPs from camps of different candidates have resorted to trying to demonise the opponents of their chosen candidates simply because they don't agree with them," she said.

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