Burnham backed as new leader by South Shields’ Labour Party

Andy Burnham
Andy Burnham

Labour leader contender Andy Burnham has won the backing of the South Shields’ Labour party.

The 45-year-old announced in May he was throwing his hat in the ring after previous leader Ed Miliband resigned from the post after losing the battle to become the next Prime Minister.

Caroline Flint. Picture: Andrew Roe

Caroline Flint. Picture: Andrew Roe

It is the second time he has ran as a candidate for the top spot in the party.

He came fourth out of five candidates following the resignation of Gordon Brown in the contest which was won by Mr Miliband.

Mr Burnham has been a Labour MP for Leigh since 2001 and has held a number of positions over the years including Shadow Secretary of State for Health and Shadow Secretary of State for Education.

The party has also voted to back Caroline Flint as deputy leader.

There was strong support for both Andy and Caroline

Alan Donnelly Chairman of South Shields Labour party

Chairman of the local constituency branch Alan Donnelly said: “There was strong support for both Andy and Caroline, who both won the first ballot.

“We were delighted Andy was able to meet members last weekend in South Tyneside and we are looking forward to meeting Caroline when she visits the constituency.”

Miss Flint will be in the region tomorrow, where she will meet members in Tees Valley before heading to South Shields to attend a fundraising evening with Labour party members.

Miss Flint has been an MP since 1997 for Don Valley. She has served as a minister in various roles and under the leadership of Gordon Brown was Minister for Europe until she resigned from the position, citing a disagreement with his leadership style.