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Bradshaw gets last-minute support for deputy leadership campaign

Exeter MP Ben Bradshaw will stand for deputy leader of the Labour Party. Credit: PA

Exeter's MP Ben Bradshaw will stand for Labour deputy leadership, after getting the last of the 35 names he needed in a last-minute scramble for nominations.

Late yesterday he was still ten short of the number of backers he needed, but managed to get enough to get him over the line by today's midday deadline.

He is one of five candidates for the deputy post, and the winner will be announced in September.

Will Ben Bradshaw be backed for deputy leader?

Ben Bradshaw is hoping to stand for the deputy leadership of the Labour Party Credit: PA

Exeter's Labour MP Ben Bradshaw will learn today whether he's secured enough nominations to stand as his party's deputy leader.

Late yesterday he'd won the backing of 25 fellow MPs, still ten short of the number needed. Nominations close at midday.

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Exeter MP Ben Bradshaw hopes to be Deputy Leader

Ben Bradshaw wants to be the next Deputy Leader of the Labour Party Credit: ITV News

Former culture secretary Ben Bradshaw has confirmed he is to stand for the deputy leadership of the Labour Party.

The Exeter MP said his "big tent" approach to politics was the only way Labour would attract the voters it needs to win the next election.

Announcing his intention to run, he told his local party: "Labour did badly everywhere and in Wales and England outside London we went backwards against the Tories."

"Labour must and could win the next election, but only if it broadens its appeal by adopting sensible, centre-left politics which celebrate wealth creation and entrepreneurship as vital means of delivering social justice."

"I know I face an uphill task getting enough nominations from fellow MPs to get on the ballot paper. That would be hard for anyone from a part of Britain with so few Labour colleagues."

"But it's exactly because I believe it is vital that we listen to and hear the voices of those members, candidates and defeated MPs from areas that are under-represented in Parliament and where we must win again that I have decided to have a go."

Other contenders tipped to join the battle to replace Harriet Harman include Tom Watson, West Bromwich East MP since 2001, who has reportedly been crowd-funding for his bid, and Walthamstow MP Stella Creasy.

Ben Bradshaw MP: "Nick Clegg and Eric Pickles would not be able to get an operation in Devon"

Ben Bradshaw pointed out that Eric Pickles woudn't be able to get an NHS operation in Devon Credit: PA

A Labour MP has implied that neither the deputy prime minister Nick Clegg, nor communities secretary Eric Pickles, would be able to get an NHS operation in Devon because of their lifestyles.

Ben Bradshaw was referring to the policy of the main commissioning group in the county to cut back on operations for smokers or people deemed to be obese.

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