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Chuka Umunna launches his bid for the Labour leadership

Chuka Umunna has launched his campaign for the Labour leadership with a video in Swindon, where the party was defeated by the Conservatives in both seats.

 

North, South, East, West - Labour can and must win in 2020. - C

Posted by Chuka Umunna on Tuesday, 12 May 2015

 

Chuka Umunna has confirmed he will stand for the Labour leadership with a video posted on his Facebook page. Umunna will have a formal launch event at a later date, but has chosen to make his intentions clear while visiting Swindon, where Labour lost heavily to the Conservatives in both Swindon North and Swindon South. 

David Cameron launched the Conservative manifesto in Swindon, and the decision to kick off his campaign in the town underlines Umunna's focus on winning back seats from the Conservatives and securing a Labour majority in England. In the video, the shadow Business Secretary rebuffs the idea that it may take Labour a decade or more to recover from the 2015 defeat, insisting the turnaround can be completed in just five years. 

Stephen Bush is editor of the Staggers, the New Statesman’s political blog.

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What did Jeremy Corbyn really say about Bin Laden?

He's been critiqued for calling Bin Laden's death a "tragedy". But what did Jeremy Corbyn really say?

Jeremy Corbyn is under fire for describing Bin Laden’s death as a “tragedy” in the Sun, but what did the Labour leadership frontrunner really say?

In remarks made to Press TV, the state-backed Iranian broadcaster, the Islington North MP said:

“This was an assassination attempt, and is yet another tragedy, upon a tragedy, upon a tragedy. The World Trade Center was a tragedy, the attack on Afghanistan was a tragedy, the war in Iraq was a tragedy. Tens of thousands of people have died.”

He also added that it was his preference that Osama Bin Laden be put on trial, a view shared by, among other people, Barack Obama and Boris Johnson.

Although Andy Burnham, one of Corbyn’s rivals for the leadership, will later today claim that “there is everything to play for” in the contest, with “tens of thousands still to vote”, the row is unlikely to harm Corbyn’s chances of becoming Labour leader. 

Stephen Bush is editor of the Staggers, the New Statesman’s political blog.