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Chuka Umunna dismisses leadership challenge reports

Chuka Umunna speaking on The Andrew Marr Show on BBC1. Credit: BBC

Former shadow minister Chuka Umunna - once a favourite to replace Ed Miliband as Labour leader - has dismissed reports that he was being lined up to challenge Mr Corbyn before the next general election.

"This issue of the leadership is settled, we don't need to be talking about this any more," the Streatham MP told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show.

"We need to be working out how we win the next general election, because that's the way we put our values into practice."

Mr Umunna warned that Labour can only win an election as a "broad church" and cautioned against any move to punish those who have rebelled against Mr Corbyn.

"We've got to move on from this notion of crushing people who disagree with us," he said. "The strength of the Labour Party is that it is a broad church. Under our first-past-the-post electoral system ... you can only win if you are a broad church political party, and for the Labour Party you have to take in everyone from the left to the centre-left. If we don't do that, we are not going to be able to heal the divisions in society."


Smith: Corbyn win shows 'changed' Labour electorate

Owen Smith has said that his defeat by Jeremy Corbyn for the Labour leadership shows there is a "significantly changed" electorate within the party.

Speaking after his defeat by Mr Corbyn for the party leadership, Mr Smith congratulated his rival but said that "having won the party he [Mr Corbyn] needs to win the country".

"There's a significantly changed electorate in this party right now and Jeremy has consistently won 60% of that support, and he needs to be congratulated on what is a decisive victory in this contest," Mr Smith said.

Tom Watson: We need to rebuild trust in the Labour party

The Labour party needs to "rebuild trust" after a "very bruising summer", Tom Watson has said.

The Deputy Labour leader told ITV News the country is "looking at an early general election" and taking on Theresa May's Conservative government must be the party's "sole priority", after members re-elected Jeremy Corbyn as leader following a challenge from Owen Smith.

"We have got to rebuild trust in the party, that's going to take patience, patience is the most effective warrior in this," he said.

"We've got to build confidence back between the MPs in parliament, but I think we can do that with a little bit of time and patience. And if we can do that we can focus on our general election priorities and for those millions of people that need a Labour government."

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