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  • Owen Smith has announced he is to stand for the Labour leadership
  • Smith said he was the "radical and credible" leader who could take Labour back into power
  • He is the second MP to enter the race to challenge Jeremy Corbyn after Angela Eagle
  • On Tuesday, Labour chiefs ruled that Corbyn should automatically be placed on the ballot
  • Shadow chancellor John McDonnell was filmed describing Labour "plotters" as "f****** useless"
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Ed Balls: Labour needs Eagle - Corbyn can't do job

Ed Balls has told Peston on Sunday that Angela Eagle's leadership bid is "essential" as Jeremy Corbyn "can't do the job".

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The former shadow chancellor said no one believed Corbyn could ever become prime minister.

"Frankly there is no message at all coming from Labour in the last two weeks about what the solutions to these big problems are," he told Robert Peston.

"There's got to be a change. It's not just necessary for Labour, I think it's necessary for the whole country.

"We need a strong opposition which believes it can form the next government and I'm afraid nobody thinks Jeremy Corbyn is going to be the prime minister of our country."

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