Labour leadership hopeful Owen Smith: “Only one MP should challenge Corbyn”

SOURCE: BBC

It was announced recently that Labour MP Owen Smith is to join the race for Labour leadership. Just day’s after he announced he was going to run for the lead-opposition party role as head of Labour, he now wants just two MP’s in the running for the lead seat.

Owen Smith has further said there was a ‘widespread view’ among MPs that there should only be one challenger, but that he was not sure how they should be chosen.

He suggested the party’s deputy leader, MPs or executive committee could choose between him and Angela Eagle to challenge Mr Corbyn.

Angela Eagle, who has already secured 51 nominations from MPs, announced she was running for the Labour leadership last week. 

The leadership contest is under way due too most Labour MPs signing a vote of no confidence in Mr Corbyn, after his questioned EU Referendum campaigning. Mr Corbyn has rejected their calls to stand down and won a battle to be automatically included on the ballot to be put to members.

His candidacy has sparked fears among Mr Corbyn’s critics that he could split the vote from members opposed to the leader.

Mr Smith told Sunday Politics: “I think there’s a widespread view in the parliamentary Labour Party, and indeed amongst many of the members, that probably there should only be one challenger.”

When asked how that challenger should be determined, he said: “I’m not sure yet. I think it’s not really for me to determine how we get there as one of the challengers, but I am prepared to submit to whatever mechanism – whether it’s the deputy leader of the party, or the parliamentary leadership of the party, or the NEC (National Executive Committee) come up with, or the PLP itself.”

Mr Smith also repeated his call for a second EU referendum, claiming voters had been ‘sold a pup’ by the Leave campaign. He said the poll should be held once the terms of the UK’s Brexit negotiations are clear.

What’s your views on Owen Smiths offering to become the new Labour leader?

Will he do a good job? Is he a stronger candidate than Angela Eagle? Will Corbyn prevail and win against the ‘rebels’ to retain his seat? Will this hit labour hard, considering all of the inner-party conflict?

Comment below YOUR views on Jeremy Corbyn, Angela Eagle, Owen Smith and the Labour leadership race

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6 thoughts on “Labour leadership hopeful Owen Smith: “Only one MP should challenge Corbyn”

  1. Pretty obvious whats to happen.
    The Eagle and the Owen hope to suck up more than 50% of the votes …… one of em drops out and hopes to take the others share.
    Unfortunately they do not seem to have taken note that the public have now taken charge.
    After disqualifying recent members from the voting procedure ( short of coughing up a few quid for the privilege …. how very ‘new’ labour ! ) they have only reinforced the determination of the public , not to be manipulated.
    Owen is not a serious candidate …… just stooge ……. Eagle is not a serious candidate Period.
    It will be announced …. ‘ The eagle has landed ……. on a cactus’, when Corbyn keeps his post.

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  2. Owen Smith says that there should only be one challenger to Corbyn. Well THERE was only one challenger until he stuck his bloody oar in.

    He is an opportunistic chancer, he stayed in the backgorund and allowed Angela Eagle to stick her head above the parapet to trigger a leadership election. She got a lot of flak for that and now Owen Smith comes along and suggests she should be the one to pull out of the race. I don’t particularly like Eagle, but at least she showed some courage, eventually. If anyone should pull out it is Smith.

    But seriously if these two are the best options that the Labour MP rebels have to offer then both should pull out.

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  4. Owen Smith and Angela Eagle should both step down and start being supportive of Corbyn, who has been elected leader of the Labour Party with the largest mandate seen in any political party in British history. They have been suckered into a needless, artificial in-fight by petulant has-beens like Campbell and Mandelson, increasingly desperate to cling to power as they see their influence unravelling now that the membership has been allowed their say.

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  5. Corbyn is doing brilliantly considering that a few Blairites together with the media have an ongoing campaign against them which is informing the public. Imagine what he’d be like if those MPs would do their jobs and join him in opposition

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