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  • News Video Chuka Umunna says it’s not “impossible” but “quite unlikely” he’d stand to be leader in the future

    Chuka Umunna says it’s not “impossible” but “quite unlikely” he’d stand to be leader in the future

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  • News Caroline Flint to launch #ReachOut campaign as part of her deputy leadership bid

    Caroline Flint to launch #ReachOut campaign as part of her deputy leadership bid

    Caroline Flint will today launch a campaign  – entitled #ReachOut – as part of her bid for deputy leader. Flint announced she’d be standing a couple of weeks ago on Radio4 . She has said that the aim of this campaign is to ask Labour Party members and supporters to be why Labour lost and what they think the party need to do to change. She’s also asked these people to speak to friends, family and others they know who might […]

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    The person I want to vote for has a vision of what Labour is working for, not just what we’re working against

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  • Comment Unite believes in fighting the battle of ideas

    Unite believes in fighting the battle of ideas

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