UK politician Angela Eagle, who is one of the country’s most senior gay MPs, could be taking over the Labour party.
The former shadow business secretary and first secretary of state resigned from her position in the Shadow Cabinet in protest over the current party leader Jeremy Corbyn.
She says she has the support from MPs and party members across Britain to beat Corbyn in a leadership race.
She told Sky News: ‘I have the support to run and resolve this impasse and I will do so if Jeremy doesn’t take action soon.’
Eagle made the comments outside her house after days of speculation she would launch a leadership bid.
Last week, 172 Labour MPs voted for a no confidence motion in Corbyn’s leadership while just 40 voted for him to stay.
It comes as many have blamed Corbyn for not doing enough to campaign for Britain to remain in the European Union.
‘It’s a week since Jeremy lost that vote of no confidence and there are many other people up and down the country wanting him to consider his position,’ Eagle said.
‘He’s not properly engaged with even the deputy leader of the party who was elected with a mandate too. It’s now time that he did so.
‘There are many people –MPs, party members up and down the country – asking me to resolve this impasse and I will if something isn’t done soon.’
In her resignation letter to Corbyn, Eagle said, ‘I was devastated by the result of the EU referendum. Too many of our supporters were taken in by right-wing arguments and I believe this happened, in part, because under your leadership the case to remain in the EU was made with half-hearted ambivalence rather than full-throated clarity.
‘In such turbulent times, we need a Leader who can unite rather than divide the Labour Party.
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