NW Labour MPs stake their claims to leadership roles

Labour MPs from the north west will feature prominently in the Labour leadership election to replace Jeremy Corbyn and former Deputy Leader Tom Watson.

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Angela Rayner says being MP for Ashton-under-Lyne is "the greatest honour of my life"

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Angela Rayner has been elected Deputy Leader of the Labour Party with 52.6% of the vote.

In a statement she said:

“I want to thank everyone who took part in this election, and all those who have supported me through the campaign. I promise that I will do everything I can to repay your trust.

“Things have dramatically changed in our country in recent months but our values remain the same, and more important than ever.

“Those are the values we will reflect in our actions as an opposition and a movement – standing up for our public services, for our workers and carers, and for a society in which people work together and look after one another.

“Together, we must rebuild and reconnect with communities right across Britain who need our support now, more than ever before.

“I know we face a long and difficult road ahead but we must unite, both in the face of this crisis and to offer the better future that the citizens of our country deserve.

“I also want to offer my congratulations to Keir. This was a long campaign and by the end one conducted in extraordinary circumstances. The hard work begins today, and Keir will have my full support in both getting Labour on the path back to government and in being a voice for those who need us during this national crisis.

“We must make sure the government delivers on its promises, and acts faster to provide the protection frontline workers need.”

“My top priority will always be the people of Ashton, Droylsden and Failsworth who it has been my pleasure and privilege to serve for the past five years. Getting elected as MP for Ashton-under-Lyne is the greatest honour of my life and I will always fight to get the best deal for the area that I love.

– Angela Rayner, Deputy Labour Leader

“The way our communities have pulled together to help and support each other during the coronavirus outbreak has made me so proud and even more certain that this is the best place to raise my sons. “I would like to thank the dedicated staff at Tameside and Oldham Councils for their incredible efforts to keep vital services running at this difficult time under immense pressure.

“I would also like to thank each and every key worker - from those on the NHS frontline at Tameside Hospital and the Royal Oldham Hospital to the supermarket staff keeping us fed and the school staff looking after the children whose parents are needed elsewhere to the foodbank volunteers making sure our most vulnerable residents are cared for – you are all playing a vital part in the nation’s fight against this global pandemic.”

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