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Labour Leadership: Chuka Umunna calls for party solidarity and support for new leader

Shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna has called for Labour to unite behind the new party leader in an apparent offer of reconciliation from the party's modernising wing to leadership favourite Jeremy Corbyn.

He also welcomed a surge in party membership and support in the run up to the leadership contest saying that it was important not to "dismiss out of hand" criticism of New Labour.

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Liz Kendall in favour of Assisted Dying Bill

Labour leadership candidate Liz Kendall has said she intends to vote in favour of the Assisted Dying Bill.

Kendall says other countries are more open to discussing death Credit: Reuters

Kendall told LBC radio that she believed the right safeguards - diagnosis of a terminal illness, certification from two doctors and judicial oversight - for the bill to be taken forward.

I believe in giving people as much power and control over what happens to them as possible.

People need the ability to die in their own homes. I believe this will be a step forward.

– Liz Kendall

The Assisted Dying Bill, drafted by Lord Falcanor is due to be debated in the House of Commons on September 11.

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