Andy Burnham’s campaign to become the Labour Party’s next leader is underway.
At an event in his constituency of Leigh the Labour front bencher today is making his case, setting out his credentials for the job.
The shadow Health Secretary has got the ball rolling on his campaign (after his initial launch last week was sensationally distracted by Diane Abbott announcing her intention to run) on the same day that Oona King the former M.P. for Bethnal Green and Bow, has announced her intention to stand as London Mayor.
Speaking in his Leigh constituency this evening, Mr Burnham said he wanted to
“Put the heart and the soul back into the Labour party.”
“I’m here to launch my campaign to be leader of the Labour party…I’m Leigh MP and I’m proud of that, but I want to go further, because there’s more I want to do.”
The contest for the Labour Leadership is shaping up to be an interesting one. David Miliband is leading the pack as the bookies favourite although Diane Abbott’s presence has certainly caused enough of a stir to raise the level of the game; ensuring that the issue of inclusiveness and fair representation are at the centre of this unfolding debate.
We will continue to keep you updated as events transpire.
By Richard Sudan