Smith will take on Corbyn
Eagle drops out of Labour leadership contest
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.