Angela Eagle, a senior gay Labour MP, has officially launched her bid for leadership.
The ex-cabinet shadow minister has launched her leadership challenge against current Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, with her intention to ‘save’ her political party.
‘I wouldn’t do this if I didn’t think I could be a good Prime Minister for Britain,’ she said. ‘ These are dark times for Labour and dangerous times for our country.’
She added: I stand for hope not grievance, for equality, for social justice, for social mobility.’
Corbyn has refused to step down after losing the support of most of his MPs in a vote of no confidence, with 172 voting against Corbyn while just 40 voted to stay.
It comes as many have blamed Corbyn for not doing enough to campaign for Britain to remain in the European Union.
During an interview, Eagle described herself as a ‘good, sensible, down-to-earth woman with Northern roots’.
‘I have got life experience and values. I’m a woman from the working class North – I understand metropolitan things too,’ she added.
‘I’m a gay woman – I know the difference between hope and fear.’
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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