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Streatham MP Chuka Umunna to run for Labour Leader

Chuka Umunna throws his hat in the ring for next Labour leader. Image: Chuka Umunna Facebook click for link

Chuka Umunna throws his hat in the ring for next Labour leader. Image: Chuka Umunna Facebook click for link

Labour MP Chuka Umunna has said he is running to become Labour leader.

Mr Umunna, who is the shadow business secretary, is the second candidate to formally declare in the race to succeed Ed Miliband, who resigned last week, after Labour’s defeat.

Chuka Umunna said he had spoken to around 40 Labour candidates who lost out to Conservatives in target seats at the election before deciding to stand.

Liz Kendall has already decided to run for the position of party leader while Yvette Cooper, Andy Burnham and Tristram Hunt are all seen as potential candidates.

On Facebook, Mr Umunna said

Labour should be winning all over the country and rejected suggestions that it could take a decade for the party to get back into power.

I think we can and should be winning in seats like Swindon, North, south, east, west – we can absolutely do it as a party.”

Mr Umunna has suggested Labour failed to fully reach out to middle-income voters during the election campaign, a criticism echoed by senior figures on the right of the party including Alistair Darling and Lord Mandelson.

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