TODAY I have officially nominated Angela Eagle for the Deputy Leadership of the Labour Party.
She has always impressed me with her campaigning skills, her experience in the Party and her ability to reach out to people.
Angela, MP for Wallasey since 1992 and Shadow Leader of the House, is also well known as a champion of equal rights and equality.
She has a proud history of working with the Trade Union movement and standing up for employees.
She has worked successfully with my own union UNISON and has a superb record in and outside Parliament.
And if anyone has any doubts, please read this commonsense, no-nonsense profile of Angela: "We Need To Be Winning Back Tories, Not Just Hoovering Up Disaffected Voters"