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McDonnell: I Want Black and Female Candidates on Ballot

McDonnell: prepared to step aside

John McDonnell M.P. who has thrown his hat into the ring for the Labour Party Leadership contest has spoken out in today’s Guardian about the importance of the race itself reflecting the need for a more inclusive kind of politics.

Responding to Jackie Ashley’s Guardian article McDonnell has made clear that if necessary he will withdraw his bid to make way for Diane Abbott – currently the only M.P. tilting the demographics of the race by her presence as a progressive black woman.

Abbott is a strong candidate by her own merit, and has more than 20 years experience of being an M.P. But the admission by the left-winger and sometimes controversial McDonnell is certain to move the debate forward.

It can be seen as a positive step that at least one of those in contention for the ballot, recognises the potential the leadership race has to widen the political debate-enough so to pledge action if necessary.

We will continue to keep you updated on the leadership race as events unfold.

By Richard Sudan

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