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Tristram Hunt out of Labour leadership race

Shadow education secretary Tristram Hunt has said he will not be standing for the Labour leadership and has given his backing to the Blairite favourite, Liz Kendall.

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Mandelson: Labour must end trade unions' 'abuse'

Labour must end the trade unions' "abuse and inappropriate" influence over its leadership selection process, Peter Mandelson has said.

Appearing on the BBC's Andrew Marr Show, the former minister also called for an end to the party's "unhealthy" dependence on trade union funding.

Peter Mandelson said he was not happy ' with a Labour Party so clearly dependent on people who pay the piper'. Credit: BBC/Andrew Marr Show

Lord Mandelson said the unions have an important role to play in society and politics but added: "I am not happy with a Labour Party so clearly dependent on people who pay the piper and then in many cases can call the tune.

"That's not a good look, that's not right for a Labour Party appealing for votes in the 21st century."

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