Former health secretary enters Labour leadership race

Former health secretary Andy Burnham has entered the race to become Labour's new leader.

The 40-year-old Leigh, Greater Manchester, MP (pictured) pledges to ‘rebuild the party for new times' in an article in Thursday's Daily Mirror announcing his bid.

Mr Burnham is one of six MPs intending to run. The others are former foreign secretary David Miliband and his brother Ed, Ed Balls, John McDonnell and Diane Abbott, the UK's first black woman MP.

Mr Burnham said: ‘We must become a new kind of party that involves and consults its members on a daily basis - truly a People's Party - and reduces the influence of small elites at the top.'


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