Mary Creagh has withdrawn from the Labour leadership race to allow more candidates to be able to achieve the 35 nominations required. Her withdrawal means that there are four candidates left in the race which include Andy Burnham, Yvette Cooper, Jeremy Corbyn and Liz Kendall.
In an article for the Guardian she wrote:
“I am withdrawing from the race to be the leader of the Labour party. I will not be nominating any other candidate, but I am announcing my withdrawal now so that the MPs who have supported me have the opportunity to nominate another candidate, should they wish to do so.
I’m grateful to the people who told me I inspired them to begin their own leadership journeys. My “bootstrap Britain” story resonated with many who have overcome disadvantage to achieve their goals. I am proud to have played my part in opening up the debate about why Labour lost, and I look forward to working with the next leader to build a society where hope, compassion and economic competence exist side by side”.
She added in the article that:
“Labour lost the election because – while people trust us to run their schools their councils, their hospitals – they do not trust us to run the economy. Tackling inequality is why the party exists. It’s in our DNA. But the next Labour leader will have to show that Labour understands the problems facing the UK’s five million self-employed people, sole traders and small businesses. That understanding must also run through our party’s DNA like a golden thread if Labour is to win in 2020”.
Creagh had gained the support of a total of ten MPs with Andy Burnham, Yvette Cooper and Liz Kendall already reaching the required 35 nominations. The only candidate yet to receive the total of 35 is Jeremy Corbyn and numerous MPs are expected to change support solely to allow Corbyn to progress in the elections.