Angela Rayner MP
Angela Rayner MP

Angela has announced she is joining the contest to become Labour’s Deputy Leader saying the party now faces a stark choice following December’s heavy election defeat – “win or die”.

Both the new Leader and Deputy Leader will be announced on 4 April, the National Executive Committee has decided.

Launching her Deputy Leadership bid in her hometown of Stockport, Angela said Labour’s defeat last month had left the party facing its “biggest challenge in our history” and needed to find a “new kind of coalition” to regain power and “win back” former supporters who had deserted them.

She said Mr Corbyn’s leadership had been a factor in the party’s poor performance, but also blamed the election strategy, saying its list of target seats had proved to be “wide of the mark”.

At her launch, Angela also called for Labour to draw a “line in the sand” over the issue of anti-Semitism within its ranks, so it could “regain the moral authority” to unite the country against racism. She added: “Labour need to educate where there is ignorance and remove bigotry wherever it is found.”

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