READ: Angela Eagle's full statement as she quit the Labour leadership race

Posted On: 
19th July 2016

Here is Angela Eagle's full statement to the BBC announcing her withdrawal from the Labour leadership race.

Angela Eagle Angela Eagle tells the BBC she is quitting the Labour leadership race
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BBC

"The first thing I would like to do is thank my own supporters for the faith that they showed in me in this leadership election. We’ve finished the first day of nominations. Owen Smith has a lead and I think it’s in the best interests of the Labour party that we now come together so that we can have one candidate.

“So I’m announcing tonight that I’m withdrawing from this race and supporting Owen. I would like to congratulate Owen on coming top in this race and then going on, I think, to take on Jeremy Corbyn.

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“We have a Labour party at the moment that is not working. We’ve got a leader that doesn’t have the confidence of his Members of Parliament and isn’t reaching out to the country. We need to have a strong and united Labour party so that we can be a good opposition, take the fight to the Conservative Government and heal our country.

“So I am announcing tonight that I will be supporting Owen in that endeavour with all of my enthusiasm and might.

“And I’d also like to say to the people outside watching this: if you’re a supporter of the Labour party and you want the Labour party to be an effective opposition who can take on the Tories and win, please go to the Labour party website, sign up as a registered supporter and join this fight. You have until five o’clock tomorrow.”