Angela Eagle has confirmed she has put in the paperwork to begin her bid to challenge and replace Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader.
Speaking outside her home in London, she told reporters she was "very much looking forward" to launching her campaign later today.
The shadow chancellor earned loud cheers as he launched an foul-mouthed attack on the MPs seeking to replace his friend Corbyn.
The MP for Pontypridd resigned as shadow work and pensions secretary last month in protest at Jeremy Corbyn's leadership.
I now realise that my earlier description of the NEC meeting - as an omni-shambles - was generous.