Chuka Umunna to run for Labour leader

Streatham MP Chuka Umunna has announced his decision to run for the leadership of the Labour party.

Umunna is the second MP to formally throw his hat into the ring for the leadership. Leicester MP Liz Kendall confirmed her leadership bid two days ago.

Andy Burnham, Yvette Cooper and Tristram Hunt are all seen as viable candidates in the coming leadership race.

Speaking in a video he posted on Facebook, Umunna said: “I’m pleased today to be announcing that I will be standing for the leadership of the party.

“I think we can and we should be winning in seats like in Swindon, north, south, east, west. We can absolutely do it as a party.

“Some have actually suggested over the last few days this is somehow a 10-year project to get the Labour party back into office. I don’t think we can have any truck with that at all. I think the Labour party can do it in five years. I want to lead that effort as part of a really big Labour team getting Labour back into office and changing this country and building a fairer, more equal society. That is why we all joined the party in the first place.”

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