Yvette Cooper denies Mandelson called on her to stand down

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Yvette Cooper has denied allegations made in a Daily Telegraph article that Peter Mandelson had called on her, and the other leadership candidates, to step down.

Confirming that she didn’t intend to step down from the contest Cooper said:

“I’ve not discussed this with Peter Mandelson. I gather there was some view that maybe the whole process should be stopped because so many people were joining at the last minute”.

Peter Mandelson, the former First Secretary of State, was accused of interfering with the process to leave Jeremy Corbyn as the only candidate in the leadership race.