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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 leadership candidates pitch to activists

Candidates for the Labour leadership are to make their pitch to activists after the surprise withdrawal of favourite Chuka Umunna from the race.

Labour leadership candidates in pitch to activists Credit: PA

Declared contenders Andy Burnham, Yvette Cooper, Mary Creagh and Liz Kendall are all due to speak at the annual conference of the Progress think tank - as is fellow frontbencher Tristram Hunt, who is also expected to run. The party is still digesting the news from Mr Umunna that he is dropping his bid to succeed Ed Miliband in the top job.

Just days after formally declaring his candidacy, the shadow business secretary said he had "very real concerns" about the impact of his ambitions on "those close to me".

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