Rotherham MP vows to champion north to balance economy if he becomes Labour deputy leader

John Healey, MP
John Healey, MP
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Rotherham MP John Healey has pledged to fight for the north if he is elected as Labour’s deputy leader.

The Wentworth and Dearne MP said his chances were as ‘good as anybody else’s’ in the competition and that he was backing Yvette Cooper, who also represents a Yorkshire consitutency, to be the new leader.

Former leader Ed Miliband - who is still MP for Doncaster North - stood down after Labour’s election defeat.

Mr Healey, a former housing minister who has held other cabinet roles, said there were areas like South Yorkshire that were ‘not firing on all cylinders’ and needed more jobs and growth.

“I’ve always championed the north, you can see what I did as a minister so my track record speaks for itself - I would do just that because the British economy is stronger when it is more balanced across the country.

“It is stronger if you are creating good new jobs in all parts of the country.”

Don Valley MP Caroline Flint is also standing for deputy. Labour’s leadership will be announced in September.

Mr Healey added: “We’ve both got strengths to bring to the table and I am looking forward to the contest.”