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