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Eagle drops out of Labour leadership contest

Angela Eagle BBCAngela Eagle has pulled out of the race to become Labour’s leader, instead throwing her support behind former shadow work and pensions secretary Owen Smith.

Ms Eagle, the ex-shadow business secretary, said she was dropping out “in the interests of the party”, though it was clear that Mr Smith won the backing of more MPs in a party ballot.

“We have a Labour Party at the moment that is not working, we’ve got a leader that doesn’t have the confidence of his members of parliament and isn’t reaching out to the country,” Ms Eagle said.

“We need to have a strong and united Labour Party so we can be a good opposition, take the fight to the Conservative government and heal our country.”

Jeremy Corbyn insisted he will win despite losing the support of most MPs. A new YouGov poll found Mr Corbyn would win a leadership election by 20 points regardless which of the two challengers he faced.

 

 

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