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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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Pay £3 to register and get Labour leadership vote

Labour's interim leader Harriet Harman has said she wants to "let the public in" on the party's forthcoming leadership election.

Therefore, she has announced that anyone who pays the £3 fee to register as a Labour supporter will get a vote in the election.

She said: "Anyone – providing they are on the electoral register – can become a registered supporter, pay £3 and have a vote to decide our next leader."

She said the party had asked itself the wrong questions, deciding "who do we like" rather than "who does the country like" in previous contests.

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