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Published: Tue, July 12, 2016
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Watch Angela Eagle's awkward moment as she launches her Labour leadership bid


Former pensions minister Angela Eagle Monday (July 11) threw her hat in the ring triggering a leadership run-off.

More than three quarters (76%) said it is unlikely that Mr Corbyn will ever become prime minister and more than two thirds (69%) said it was unlikely Labour would win the next election with him as leader.

Mr Corbyn will press ahead with a planned speech to the policy conference of Unite in Brighton on Tuesday as sources said he has been told he can not attend the NEC meeting.

At her campaign event, she said: "I'm not a Blairite".

She will be introduced at her launch by Labour's former interim leader, Harriet Harman, who will declare: "Angela is all about Labour's team winning for working people".

Her bid looks set to trigger civil war within the party and comes after 172 Labour MPs indicated that they had no confidence in Corbyn in a vote which saw him win the support of just 40 Westminster colleagues.

At this time, with a failed Prime Minister, and a tiny number of Conservative party members choosing the next one, our country needs a strong Labour Party.

Mr Mansfield's advice said: "The rules by which the Labour Party is governed are unambiguous: The leader does not require any signatures to be nominated in a leadership election where there is a potential challenger to the leadership".

The ruling Conservatives are also in the midst of a leadership contest after Prime Minister David Cameron, who campaigned for Britain to stay in the European Union, announced on the morning after the referendum he would resign.

During her interview, Ms Eagle described herself as a "good, sensible, down-to-earth woman with Northern roots".

Mr Smith held talks today with Mr Corbyn about the crisis which has hit the party.

He explained: "He's still exactly the person that he was when I originally got my tattoo: he hasn't taken a step back from his original politics, he's still that people's politician that he was in the first place and he still has a huge amount of backing from the Labour Party on the ground".

"It's about our democracy as well as our party".

Corbyn is adamant that the leader should automatically be on the ballot.

The party's general secretary Iain McNicol said in a statement yesterday that the party's National Executive Committee would meet to confirm arrangements for the contest. "A referendum to settle an argument in the Conservative Party has resulted in the country being torn apart - our economy damaged, our society hurt".

"I don't think that's a great legacy", she told Sky News.

Mr Corbyn said it would be "irresponsible" for him to quit because of the mandate he had been given by members, and insisted there had been no "wobble" over his leadership.

It has been suggested that Corbyn would need to find the support of 51 Labour MPs in order to be on the ballot, as Neil Kinnock did in 1988 when he was challenged by Tony Benn.

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