BREAKING NEWS: Chuka Umunna withdraws from the Labour leadership battle – Do You Care Tho?

 

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The 36-year-old had been the bookies’ favourite to replace Ed Miliband
On Tuesday he claimed he was the person to help Labour win in 2020
72 hours later he pulled out because of ‘pressure’ of ‘being a candidate’
He said: ‘I’ve been subject to the added level of pressure that comes with being a leadership candidate. I haven’t found it a comfortable experience’

Labour leadership frontrunner Chuka Umunna this morning dramatically withdrew from the race to succeed Ed Miliband – blaming the ‘scrutiny’ he faced in the 72 hours since launching his campaign.
The 36-year-old MP for Streatham in south London – once described as ‘Britain’s Barack Obama’ – said he could not cope with the ‘pressure that comes with being a leadership candidate’.
Mr Umunna had been installed as the early favourite to take over the party after launching his campaign on Tuesday.

Pulled out: Mr Umunna was pictured with his girlfriend Alice Sullivan for the first time on Sunday ahead of his campagn launch – but he says the pressure on his family has become too much already

Pulled out: Mr Umunna was pictured with his girlfriend Alice Sullivan for the first time on Sunday ahead of his campagn launch – but he says the pressure on his family has become too much already
Umunna: I will be standing for the leadership of the party

The shadow business secretary said he was the right man to save the party and insisted he could win the next general election in 2020.
But just three days later, Mr Umunna announced he was quitting because he was uncomfortable with the level of scrutiny he and his family were facing – including his new girlfriend Alice Sullivan.
Mr Umunna said he could not cope with the ‘pressure that comes with being a leadership candidate’.
In a statement released this morning, Mr Umunna apologised to his supporters – and insisted he intended to carry on serving in Labour’s shadow cabinet.
MailOnline understands he had already made his decision yesterday morning, less than 48 hours after announcing his leadership bid in an online video filmed in Swindon.
Mr Umunna’s aides spent all of yesterday trying to convince him to stay in the race, but he was adamant that he wanted to quit.
One close ally said he had spoken to Mr Umunna this morning following the announcement. He said: ‘You can tell in his voice immediately that it’s not something he regrets at all.’

Reported by Daily Mail

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