Ian Lavery MP just realised a statement on Social media stating he will not stand as Labour Party Leader.
Mr Lavery made this statement on Facebook at 23:10 Monday night:
I have just released a statement regarding the Leadership of the Labour Party. It has been truly humbling to receive so much support from our fantastic members and my Labour Party colleagues. Please read the full statement below ?
Over the last couple of weeks, it has been humbling to receive so much support from members and colleagues who have encouraged me to stand for leader of the Labour party.
While I am honoured, I will not be standing in the leadership contest.
Ahead of the election, I made clear my concerns with our position on Brexit and what it could mean for our support in areas that voted to Leave. Whilst this was not the only issue at play, I am sad to have seen these predictions born out by the result.
Our party needs a leader who can not only represent our ‘heartlands’, as well as winning over new supporters, but to listen to the people who live in them too. We must ensure that we never again are seen to take working class communities for granted or to write them off as ignorant or ill educated. Our country and indeed the world faces huge challenges and these call for bold solutions. We must redouble our efforts to find them and win the trust to deliver them.
With this in mind I will be throwing my full support behind Rebecca Long Bailey as the best person to lead our party. Having worked with her in the shadow cabinet I know she has the intellect, drive and determination to take forward and develop the popular, common sense socialist policies that Jeremy Corbyn has championed. And after more than a century it’s about time the Labour Party was led by a woman”. – Ian Lavery MP
I have just released a statement regarding the Leadership of the Labour Party. It has been truly humbling to receive so much support from our fantastic members and my @UKLabour colleagues. Please read the full statement below ? pic.twitter.com/fPDl53FD3g
— Ian Lavery MP (@IanLaveryMP) January 6, 2020