Angela Eagle backed to set out a 'clear sense of direction' for Labour as Harriet Harman supports her leadership bid

Angela Eagle backed to set out a 'clear sense of direction' for Labour as Harriet Harman supports her leadership bid

Angela Eagle

Monday, July 11, 2016

Harriet Harman has backed Angela Eagle to be the new Labour leader and claims she can set out a "clear sense of direction" for the party.

Eagle has received enough nominations to stand against Jermey Corbyn, and it is expected the National Executive Committee will reveal whether he needs the backing of MPs to oppose her.

And Harman, former deputy leader of the Labour party, is convinced Eagle is the right woman for the job.

"She's absolutely heart and soul a Labour person," she said in an interview with Sam Delaney. "She's committed to equality and tackling discrimination, it's not some political theory. Angela was born to a working class family and has had to fight to get where she is.

"What you need to be able to do is lead a team and set out a clear sense of direction, and I think that's the reason the leadership crisis has come at this point after the EU referendum.

"It was clear he [Corbyn] was not able to send out a clear message that we were in favour of staying in the EU. He undermined Labour's Remain campaign, and even took a holiday in the middle of the campaign.

"We need a Labour leader who can actually reconnect with so many people in this country who feel they've been left behind and that nobody speaks for them and stands up for them. Jeremy Corbyn can't do that, but Angela Eagle can."