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Chuka Umunna announces intent to become next Labour leader on Facebook

In a parting speech, Miliband said it was “time for someone else” to take over the Labour party and that he was “truly sorry” he did not succeed.

Shadow care minister Liz Kendall was the first person to declare an intention to become opposition leader, suggesting that it “may be time”that Labour had a female leader.

After being asked if a female Labour leader would have a better chance against David Cameron, she explained she “[didn’t] know”, but hoped that “people would judge [her]on the strength of [her] arguments”.

Kenall argued that Labour needed to blast out of these old debates about Blairite, Brownite, old Labour, new Labour and create something new rooted in peoples values and concerns .

Meanwhile,shadow home secretaryYvette Cooper andhealth secretaryAndy Burnham are reported to be planning to make a stand, but have yet to declare it. Shadow education secretaryTristram Hunt is also a potential candidate.

The second candidate to formally declare in the race to succeed Miliband is shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna, who made the announcement in a video on his Facebook page“while inSwindon.

He filmed outside of London as he thought it was kind of place the party needed to target. “I think we can and we should be winning in seats like in Swindon. North, South, East, West we can absolutely do it as a party,” he said.

Umunna added that it would not take Labour ten years to be rebuilt, suggesting that it could be done in five. He explained that he wanted to “lead the effortAs part of a really big Labour team getting Labour back into office, and building a fairer and more equal society”.

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Out of Miliband’s shadow cabinet,Umunna has been the first to criticise his campaign. He suggested it failed to make an “aspirational offer” to middle income voters.

Umunna also claimed Labour was wrong to run a deficit prior to the financial crisis.

Interim Labour leader Harriet Harman has warned front-runners not to “scapegoat and blame” if they want the job. This comes as several Blairites and MPs, including Umunna, criticised Miliband’s leadership.

Harman said: “All the party members will want to make sure that those people who are running for leadership are not actually scapegoating and blaming, they are actually also part of making sure we hold this government to account.”

To make his case, Umunna said he spoke to half of theLabourcandidates who had been defeated in the partys 80 key seats. Mentioned in his Facbook video, he suggesteddefeated candidates told him the party lost working class votes to UKIP and middle class votes to the Conservatives.

He will also be tweeting interviews with Labour parliamentary candidates from across the country who ran great campaigns in places we need to win but missed out last week”.

It is his belief that “their reflections on the result” are the lessons “we need to learn .



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