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 people’s values and concerns”. Meanwhile, shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper and health secretary Andy Burnham are reported to be planning to make a stand, but have yet to declare it. Shadow education secretary Tristram 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 in Swindon.
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It is his belief that “their reflections on the result” are the lessons “we need to learn”. By Shané Schutte
Interesting. Chuka will be tweeting out interviews with defeated Lab candidates+ reflections on result. Signs of well/long-planned campaign?— Paul Waugh (@paulwaugh) May 12, 2015
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