Andy Burnham, the shadow health secretary, and Yvette Cooper, the shadow home secretary, have both launched their campaigns for the Labour leadership. Burnham, one of the early frontrunners, began his push by saying the party has lost “its emotional connection with millions of people”. Labour, he said, needs to speak to the aspirations of everyone as it did in 1997, the year that Tony Blair was elected prime minister. His message in a video is designed to prevent him being portrayed as the candidate only of the unions. Cooper pledged to make life better for families and said the party had not given voters enough hope going into the general election. She rejected calls to “go back to the remedies of the past” that had worked for Blair. The announcements came as Labour announced that the result of its ballot for its next leader and deputy leader would be announced on 12 September at a special conference before the full party conference on 27 September. The decision on the ballot came from Labour’s national executive committee (NEC) as the debate over the party’s future intensified, with a Guardian article from the Unite union general secretary Len McCluskey claiming the party… Read full this story
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