Jess Phillips Leaves Labour Leadership Contest

Jess Phillips, the Labour MP for Birmingham Yardley, has withdrawn from the Labour leadership contest.

Phillips said in a statement:

“The Labour Party will need to select a candidate who can unite all parts of our movement, the union movement, members and elected representatives. And I have to also be honest with myself, as I said I always would be throughout this campaign.

At this time, that person is not me. In order to win the country, we are going to have to find a candidate, in this race, who can do all of that, and then take that message out to the country.”

There are now four candidates remaining in the contest, Rebecca Long-Bailey, Sir Keir Starmer, Lisa Nandy and Emily Thornberry.