Angela Eagle to make bid for Labour Party leadership

Angela Eagle has said she will announce a bid for the leadership of the Labour Party on Monday morning, saying she will 'explain my vision for the country and the difference a strong Labour Party can make'.

Former shadow business secretary Angela Eagle has indicated she will run against Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn unless he steps down. Picture: Getty
Former shadow business secretary Angela Eagle has indicated she will run against Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn unless he steps down. Picture: Getty

Earlier, deputy Labour leader Tom Watson pulled out of peace talks with the trade unions aimed at breaking the deadlock between Mr Corbyn and his MPs because “there is no realistic prospect of reaching a compromise” while the leader remained determined to stay in place.

Ms Eagle thanked Mr Watson, Parliamentary Labour Party chairman John Cryer, chief whip Rosie Winterton and the union movement for trying “to find a solution to the impasse Labour faces with a leader who has failed to fulfil his first and foremost duty, that is to lead an organised and effective Parliamentary Labour Party that can both hold the Government to account and demonstrate we are ready to form a government in the event of a general election”.

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She added: “On Monday morning I will announce my candidature for leader of the Labour Party. I will explain my vision for the country and the difference a strong Labour Party can make.”

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