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Harman: New leader must appeal to public rather than party loyalists

The next Labour leader must be able to appeal to the general public rather than just party loyalists, Harriet Harman said as she criticised the process that led to Ed Miliband's election.

In a speech setting out how Labour would move on from an election defeat that remained "very raw", Ms Harman stressed that the influence of the unions over the decision on leadership had been altered by the move to a "one person, one vote" electoral system.

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Labour's considers three options to decide new leader

Labour is considering three options on how to stage the contest for a new leader.

The choices are:

  • A short campaign with the result decided on July 31
  • New leader chosen just before the party conference in September
  • Use the conference as a final hustings with a ballot afterwards

The final decision is expected to be taken by the ruling national executive tomorrow.

Miliband, who stepped down after Labour's election defeat, is currently on holiday in Ibiza.

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