Angela Eagle to challenge Jeremy Corbyn for Labour leadership

Former Labour Party Business policy chief, Angela Eagle. © Dylan Martinez
Angela Eagle, who resigned as shadow business secretary last week, has said she will announce her plans to bid for the Labour leadership on Monday.

Eagle said she would explain her vision “for the country and the difference a strong Labour Party can make,” on the day, according to the BBC.

She also criticized Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn for failing “to lead an organized and effective” party.

The announcement comes after deputy Labour leader Tom Watson called off talks with trade unions, which were to be an attempt to ease the ongoing tensions among frontbench MPs.

Watson said Corbyn’s refusal to stand down meant there would be “no realistic prospect of reaching a compromise.”

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“It is with regret and profound sadness that I have concluded there is little to be achieved by pursuing wider conversations with our union affiliates at this time,” Watson said.

Corbyn has refused to step down from his role after a wave of resignations from his shadow cabinet and a vote of no confidence in the leader by 172 MPs from the party.

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Prior to the announcement from Eagle, the Labour leader urged MPs to “come together” and said the cancelation of the union talks was “disappointing.”

A spokesman for Corbyn said: “He will remain leader of the Labour Party and will contest any leadership challenge if one is mounted.”

He continues to have strong support among Labour members, who took to the streets in their thousands after the attempted coup in the party following the Brexit vote.