Aspiring Liberal leadership candidate, Mary Creagh, has announced to have taken back her decision to participate in the leadership race. While making the announcement, Creagh recommended the eventual winner to pursue a more pro-business approach than Ed Miliband. The shadow international development secretary allegedly withdrew from the race after failing to attract the required formal backing of 35 fellow MPs as she only gained nine signatures.
Currently only three candidates, namely Andy Burnham, Yvette Cooper and Liz Kendall, have been able to acquire the necessary signatures needed to guarantee a place on the ballot paper. In her remarks, Ms Creagh alleged that she would not nominate any of her rivals. She also provided an analysis of Mr Miliband’s stance, alleging that “Labour cannot be the party of working people and then disapprove when some working people do very well for themselves and create new businesses, jobs and wealth.”
The Labour leader faced sheer criticism from major company bosses during the general election campaign and Ms Creagh said that she had been censured by the party leader for alerting bus company chiefs as a courtesy to the party’s plans to increase regulation. Creagh stressed that “I was told we wanted to ‘pick a fight’ with them, to show Labour was tackling vested interests. I was dismayed. Bus subsidy was a complex area and if we wanted reform without transport chaos, we would have to work with the companies, not against them,” adding that “is the Labour party having a nervous breakdown?”
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