Sheffield MP backs Burnham for Labour leader

General election 2015 Sheffield count at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield. Louise Haigh, Labour, Sheffield Heeley.
General election 2015 Sheffield count at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield. Louise Haigh, Labour, Sheffield Heeley.
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Sheffield MP Louise Haigh, has thrown her weight behind Andy Burnham to be the next leader of the Labour party.

Miss Haigh, who won the Sheffield Heeley seat last month after Meg Munn stood down, said Mr Burnham was the right man to ‘reconnect’ with voters.

Leigh MP Andy Burnham

Leigh MP Andy Burnham

She said: “We voted decisively for a Labour Government across Sheffield, but the rest of the country didn’t trust that we could lead the country out of the mess the Tories have created over the last five years.

“Labour has a lot to learn from our defeat. We need to reconnect with the people we lost to UKIP, SNP and to losing faith in the entire system.

“We need to firmly re-establish what Labour is for.

“This was the biggest hurdle we failed to overcome in May. I believe Mr Burnham is best placed to help us over it.”

Miss Haigh, aged 27, was on a list of 53 MPs Mr Burnham shadow health secretary, released as backers for his leadership bid, which also included new Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough MP, Harry Harpham.

Miss Haigh said she was backing West Bromwich East MP Tom Watson for deputy leader. Mr Watsonwas a prominent campaigner for Sheffield Hallam candidate, Oliver Coppard.