Angela backs Andy Burnham for Labour Leader

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I have decided to support Andy Burnham as the next Labour leader.

I have been impressed by Andy's commitment to unite the party, his strong campaigning skills and his ability to communicate effectively with the public.

Andy has an excellent record as the Shadow Health Secretary and has campaigned with the trade unions on many issues affecting patients and members.

During the General Election election, I saw at first hand Andy's ability to understand voters concerns when I campaigned with him in the Oldham part of my constituency.

I held a meeting with Labour Party members in Droylsden within my Constituency to discuss the leadership and have taken their views on board, along with many other people who have contacted me directly on who they think should be our next Party leader.

I will announce later this week who I will support as Deputy Leader. But I have already made it clear that I want a gender balance in our leadership team. So I will be supporting a woman candidate for Deputy.

Thanks to all of you who have contacted me on the Leadership race, I have valued listening to your views.


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