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Norwich South MP Clive Lewis withdraws from Labour leadership race

Clive Lewis has withdrawn from the race to be Labour leader Credit: ITV Anglia

Norwich South MP Clive Lewis has withdrawn from the Labour leadership contest.

He announced his decision as the deadline for collecting votes from fellow MPs approached.

Mr Lewis had until 2.30pm on Monday to secure 22 nominations from Labour MPs and MEPs but by lunchtime had only collected five.

At this stage, it's clear that I won't get on the ballot.

So, I'm standing aside in the spirit of pluralism, diversity and generosity that I've promoted throughout this campaign, so that those who have supported me can recast their nominations.

– Clive Lewis MP

Mr Lewis had warned that Labour's chances of winning the next election without making alliances were slim.

He has not shied away from taking controversial stands, describing himself as a republican and calling for a referendum on the future monarchy.

Last week, the MP suggested the Duchess of Sussex had been the victim of "structural racism" in the media.

Leadership for me is about not always saying what people want to hear, but arguing a case that you think is right.

There is a big and growing strand within and around the Labour Party that is radical, democratic, internationalist, green, open and pluralist. It needs to be represented more forcefully in the party and I stand by my conviction that these are the ideas of the future.

– Clive Lewis MP

Earlier the Norwich South MP suggested the Duchess of Sussex had been the victim of "structural racism" in the media.