South Yorkshire MP John Healey enters Labour deputy leadership race

John Healey, MP
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A South Yorkshire MP has announced he will be running as deputy leader for the Labour party.

John Healey, MP for Wentworth and Dearne, said he had originally not intended to stand for the position.

But the former Labour housing minister had been ‘dismayed at how narrow and shallow the debate has been so far’ after Labour’s heavy defeat and had been encouraged by colleagues to add his name to an already-crowded field.

Also standing is Don Valley MP Caroline Flint, Rushanara Ali, Ben Bradshaw, Angela Eagle, Stella Creasy and Tom Watson.

Mr Healey was first elected in 1997 and held his Wentworth and Dearne seat with a 13,800 majority.

Both the new leader and deputy will be announced on September 12.