Tuesday August 1st, 2023
Patrick Brazil confirms Labour leadership bid
In the most expected move, Shadow Chancellor Patrick Brazil finally confirmed that he would be seeking the Labour leadership. He was flanked by every member of the Shadow Cabinet and twelve of the party's sixteen MEP's.
"I have been humbled by the faith and support my colleagues have placed in me" adding that "We have made big gains, but we as a party haven't done enough yet to gain the trust of the voters to once again serve as the government, I aim to do that".
Nominations close at midday on Friday, and it is unlikely another candidate will be able to seek the required nominations, to make the election a contested one. William Turnbull (MP for Birmingham Edrington) is attempting to get enough nominations by the deadline, but that at the current time, seems very unlikely. Most in the party believe that a month long leadership election campaign would not help party unity, and that the best thing for Labour is for it to rally around the one single unity candidate.