Umunna backs Kendall in leader race


Published: Tuesday 26th May 2015 by The News Editor

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Labour leadership hopeful Liz Kendall has won the backing of former bookies’ favourite Chuka Umunna.

The shadow business secretary said Ms Kendall was the candidate who could move the party “beyond our comfort zone”.

The endorsement from Mr Umunna – who dramatically withdrew from the contest earlier this month – came in an article for the New Statesman.

In a joint article with his ex-campaign team, he said Labour needed to tell a “credible national story of a country proud of its history and confident of owning the future”.

“A vision of a Britain in which all can get on, whose citizens are financially secure and in control of their lives and happiness – and are, collectively, secure and effective in the wider world,” he went on.

“For us, our next leader must get this vision right. On all these big subjects, Liz Kendall has asked the tough questions and started to chart a course to the answers. She has been courageous in challenging conventional wisdom.

“She has no compunction in moving Labour beyond our comfort zone and is determined to build a team ready to chart a route forward.”

Published: Tuesday 26th May 2015 by The News Editor

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