Labour front-bencher Barry Gardiner will not now make a bid for election as the party’s next leader.
In a statement, Gardiner said:
I want to thank all my colleagues as well as the party activists and members of the public who encouraged me to stand for the Labour Leadership. I am now clear that at this late stage I cannot secure sufficient nominations to proceed to the next round. I have therefore decided not to stand for the leadership at this time. I will continue to serve the party loyally under whichever of my colleagues has the honour of leading our party forward to win the next General Election.
The race will not now include a Shadow Cabinet voice that fought to honour the 2017 Manifesto that won Labour 12.8m votes and an increase in its parliamentary seats. This is to the loss of the contest, the party and the members.
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