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Smith will leave Labour contest if Eagle gets more support

Labour leadership challenger Owen Smith has said he will withdraw from the contest if Angela Eagle - who has also launched a bid to replace Jeremy Corbyn - secures more support from colleagues.

Mr Smith told ITV News: "I don't think that the person who doesn't command majority support in the PLP (Parliamentary Labour Party) can credibly say they are the unity candidate."

He added: "And I think the most important thing is uniting the Labour Party, we're in danger of splitting...that's why I'm standing in this contest."

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Owen Smith and Angela Eagle to pitch for support from MPs in their leadership challenge

The challengers to Jeremy Corbyn's leadership, Owen Smith and Angela Eagle, will face a parliamentary Labour Party hustings event later, where they will set out their stall to fellow MPs.

Labour leadership challengers Owen Smith and Angela Eagle to pitch for support from MPs Credit: PA

Pontypridd MP, Mr Smith, said he would happily bow out if Ms Eagle had more support from MPs to give her the best shot of toppling Mr Corbyn.

Mr Smith said the leadership contender with the most support among Labour MPs should become the unity candidate to take on Mr Corbyn, a view shared by senior colleagues.

But Ms Eagle refused to give the same assurance, instead insisting that she was in the best position to beat Mr Corbyn to become leader in a national ballot of members.

Owen Smith vows to tackle inequality in leadership bid

Labour leadership contender, and Pontypridd MP, Owen Smith has promised to rewrite Clause IV of the party's constitution to put tackling inequality at the heart of its mission.

Launching his bid to replace Jeremy Corbyn, Mr Smith evoked Tony Blair's "Clause IV moment" - when the former prime minister controversially amended the passage to remove its historic commitment to mass nationalisation.

The former shadow work and pensions secretary also backed Mr Corbyn's call for a war powers act to give MPs in Parliament a legal veto over any decision to go to war.

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Plaid Cymru criticise 'fork-tongued' Labour leadership candidate, Smith

Plaid Cymru has responded to the launch of Owen Smith's Labour leadership campaign, describing the Welsh MP as ‘fork-tongued’.

While the so-called official opposition continues to tear itself apart with their public campaign against itself, it is fitting that the latest person to try to oust their leader is Owen Smith - the one man they can rely on to put party before country.

An expert in judging his audience - a former CND member one day, and a man who is prepared to “annihilate millions of people” with a nuclear weapon the next. A man who believes austerity is a “completely self-defeating economic strategy” on one day, and a man who votes in favour of the Tories’ £30 billion austerity package the next. One nation Labour really has two faces.

Having consistently voted against empowering the people of Wales and the Welsh Parliament however, the people of Wales can at least know for sure that fork-tongued Owen Smith will always vote against the Welsh national interest.

– Jonathan Edwards MP, Plaid

Ex-Welsh Secretary returns to government with Brexit role

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Ex-Welsh Secretary David Jones MP returns to government as Theresa May's cabinet reshuffle continues.

The Clwyd West MP has been appointed as minister of state in the Department for Exiting the European Union.

David Jones led the Vote Leave campaign in Wales and will now assist David Davis in negotiation to leave the EU.

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