UMUNNA CHUKAS HIS HAT INTO THE RING He joins race to be new Labour leader

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CHUKA Umunna has con­firmed he will join the race to be Labour’s next leader.

He said that he be­lieved Labour could win power in five years’ time, adding: “I want to lead that ef­fort as part of a re­ally big Labour team – get­ting Labour back into of­fice.”

Mr Umunna was speak­ing ahead of a meet­ing of Labour’s na­tional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee (NEC) to draw up a timetable for the con­test to suc­ceed Ed Miliband.

The shadow busi­ness sec­re­tary is the sec­ond can­di­date to for­mally throw his hat in the ring af­ter shadow health min­is­ter Liz Ken­dall did so at the week­end.

He said he had held back from mak­ing his an­nounce­ment while he spoke to de­feated can­di­dates from the party’s A GOOD deal of dry and bright weather for many with sunny pe­ri­ods, be­fore rain pushes into the far south­west af­ter dark. Feels pleas­antly warm in the sun.

Highs of 18C in Lon­don, 16C in Cardiff, 14C in Manch­ester, 12C in Belfast, 11C in Ed­in­burgh.

Wet and windy in the south on Thurs­day, but dis­as­trous gen­eral elec­tion per­for­mance.

Mr Umunna de­clared his in­ten­tion to stand via a Face­book video recorded on a street in Swin­don – one of the English towns where Labour failed to make the gains from the Con­ser­va­tives it needed to re­turn to power.

He ap­peared along­side de­feated can­di­date Mark Dempsey, who he said was one of dozens of thwarted would-be MPs in key tar­get seats to whom he’d spo­ken in the days since de­feat led Miliband to quit.

“Of the 80 Tory seats we were tar­get­ing, we drier and brighter fur­ther north.

Highs of 13C in Lon­don, 12C in Cardiff, Manch­ester & Belfast, 9C in Ed­in­burgh.

OUT­LOOK: Change­able. made a net gain of just four last Thurs­day. We have got to do bet­ter than that if we are to win next time,” he said – dis­miss­ing sug­ges­tions from some in the party that it would need a decade to re­cover suf­fi­ciently to pose a threat.

He added: “We can and we should be win­ning in seats like Swin­don. North, South, East, West – we can ab­so­lutely do it as a party.

“Some sug­gested over the last few days that this is now a 10-year project to get the Labour Party back into of­fice.

“We can do it in five years. I want to lead that ef­fort as part of a re­ally big team, get­ting Labour back into of­fice, CON­TEST: Liz Ken­dall chang­ing this coun­try and build­ing a fairer, more equal so­ci­ety.

“That is why we all joined the party in the first place.”

De­fend­ing his de­ci­sion to re­main coy about his in­ten­tion in week­end in­ter­views, he said he had wanted to dis­cuss the chal­lenges with de­feated can­di­dates first and “get out of Lon­don and say what I was go­ing to be do­ing here”.

Labour is con­sid­er­ing three ap­proaches for stag­ing the con­test to suc­ceed Ed Miliband, who is cur­rently on hol­i­day in Ibiza, with a fi­nal de­ci­sion to be taken by the rul­ing na­tional ex­ec­u­tive.

Oth­ers tipped to join the race are shadow ed­u­ca­tion sec­re­tary Tris­tram Hunt, shadow home sec­re­tary Yvette Cooper and shadow health sec­re­tary Andy Burn­ham.

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