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.
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?
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