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UK Labour lawmaker Owen Smith says to run for party leadership

Reuters , Wednesday 13 Jul 2016

British opposition Labour lawmaker Owen Smith said on Wednesday he would run against the party's leader Jeremy Corbyn in an upcoming leadership contest.

The contest was triggered earlier this week when lawmaker Angela Eagle challenged Corbyn's leadership. On Tuesday the party ruled Corbyn had the automatic right to stand in the contest without needing to be nominated by lawmakers.

"Jeremy is a good man with great Labour values ... but he is not a leader who can lead us into an election and win for Labour," Smith told BBC Radio.

"I have a radical and credible set of policies. I want to put that to the membership, I want to make my case to be the next leader of not just the Labour Party but the next Labour prime minister."

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