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Tristram Hunt withdraws from Labour leadership race

Nick Duffy May 20, 2015

Tristram Hunt has dropped out of the race for the Labour party leadership.

The shadow education secretary was one a number of candidates standing to replace Ed Miliband as leader of the Labour party.

However, Mr Hunt has today confirmed that he is withdrawing from the contest – following shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna, who withdrew last week.

The remaining candidates are Andy Burnham, Yvette Cooper, Liz Kendall and Mary Creagh – with Mr Hunt throwing his weight behind Ms Kendall.

As shadow education secretary, Mr Hunt led Labour’s commitment to introducing statutory LGBT-inclusive sex and relationship education.

His entered into a spat with the Daily Mail, after the proposal was misrepresented as “sex lessons at 5 under Labour” by the newspaper.

Mr Hunt said: “It is clear to me that in trying to gather the names I need, there is a real risk that I might help restrict the choice for the party.

“That is not a risk I am prepared to accept. Instead, I am offering my endorsement to my colleague, Liz Kendall.”

However, he warned the party against such a swift election process, calling for a more thoughtful evaluation of the party’s ideals.

He said: “Like other potential candidates in recent days I have made a lot of calls to potential supporters among my parliamentary colleagues.

“I found that the bulk of MPs are already committed to just a couple of candidates.

“It is surprising that the nomination process to select a leader for at least the next five years appears to have been largely decided within at most five days of a devastating general election defeat.”

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