Jarrow Labour party backs Andy Burnham in leadership race

Leigh MP Andy Burnham
Leigh MP Andy Burnham

Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham is being backed in his bid to be Labour leader by one of the party’s South Tyneside branches.

Jarrow Constituency Labour Party met at the town’s Clervaux business centre on Thursday night to nominate their choice of successor to Ed Miliband.

Andy is a class act


Mr Burnham emerged as the victor, attracting 56 votes. Rival candidate Liz Kendall got 10, Yvette Cooper received nine and left-winger Jeremy Corbyn picked up seven.

The party also voted for its favoured deputy leadership candidate, with Tom Watson attracting the most votes, 46.

Tomorrow afternoon, both the successful leadership candidates will be at Jarrow Civic Hall for a question-and-answer session with party members from across the region.

The Jarrow party’s endorsement completes a clean sweep in the borough for Mr Burnham.

He has already won the support of both Jarrow MP Stephen Hepburn and his South Shields counterpart, Emma Lewell-Buck.

“Andy has matured politically since he last stood for the leadership. He’s a class act and will make a good leader,” said Wilf Flynn, secretary of the Jarrow branch.