Wait, could Britain finally be having its own Obama in Labour MP, Chuka Umunna?
Shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna has revealed today that he “intends to put himself forward and stand for the leadership of the Labour Party”.
In a video statement posted on his Facebook page earlier, the Streatham MP said he was confident his party could reclaim government within five years and said he wanted to “lead that effort as part of a really big Labour team”.
The MP later added that he wanted to create a “fairer, more equal society”. In an amateur video recorded on a Swindon high street, Umunna announced his bid at the end of a stream of consciousness born of his party’s general election thrashing.
“I’m pleased today to be announcing that I will be standing for the leadership of the party. I think we can and should be winning in seats like in Swindon. North, South, East, West, we can absolutely do it as a party. Some have actually suggested over the last few days that this is now a 10 year project to get the Labour party back into office”, he said.
Umunna has been shadow business secretary since 2011, and is now one of the frontrunners in the race to take the vacant Labour chief’s seat.
Other contenders on the list include Labour MP Liz Kendall, who announced on Sunday that she would run for the position. The bookies’ favourite for the job, MP Andy Burnham, has not yet spoken out in regards to being a candidate, whilst Yvette Cooper, the shadow home secretary is believed to be preparing to launch a leadership bid.
In an unfortunate turn of events, there have been some racial slurs on social media as the internet reacted to Umunna’s announcement earlier. Initial reactions are focused on his heritage; the fact that he’s “the son of a Nigerian immigrant”, one user commented.
David Phillip tweeted, “Dear me, where do they get these people? #ChukaUmunna. He’s more insipid and less charismatic than #EdMiliband”.
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