UK: Angela Eagle will take on Jeremy Corbyn in Labor leadership contest

Westminster, UK — Political uncertainty following last month’s Brexit vote continues, as former Shadow Business Secretary, Angela Eagle, has said she will announce her bid for Labor Party leader on Monday.

Angela Eagle on Jeremy Corbyn's frontbench in the House of Commons. Source: CC

Angela Eagle on Jeremy Corbyn’s frontbench in the House of Commons. Source: CC

The decision comes after deputy leader, Tom Watson, called off talks with Labor supporting unions intended on resolving the conflict within the party. Leader of Unite, Len McCluskey, called Watson’s actions an “act of sabotage” against party leader, Jeremy Corbyn.

Leader of Unite, Len McCluskey, called Watson’s actions an “act of sabotage” against party leader Jeremy Corbyn who lost a vote of no confidence last week by 172-40.

Angela Eagle, a prominent member of Corbyn’s frontbench when he became leader less than a year ago, said that he has “failed to lead and organize an effective party”.

Despite mounting tensions, Corbyn remains defiant and refuses to step down from his position. Speaking at the famous Durham Miner’s Gala, he said “There is no pressure on me. None whatsoever. The real pressure is when you don’t have enough money to feed your kids, when you don’t have a roof over your head, or when you’re wondering if you’re going to be cared for.”

Meanwhile, in the Conservative Party leadership contest, Andrea Leadsom caused controversy after a Times journalist recorded a conversation in which Leadsom said that she would be a better leader because she was a mother, unlike Theresa May. Leadsom said to the press earlier today that she was “disgusted about how this has been presented.”

Ava Forbes

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