Dearne MP John Healey bids to become deputy Labour leader

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MP for Dearne and Wentworth, John Healey, has announced he is running to become Deputy Leader of the Labour Party.

Mr Healey said he had not intended to run but he was ‘dismayed at how narrow and shallow the debate has been so far’.

He becomes the seventh candidate in the running for the position, meaning at least one or two of those already declared will lack enough MPs’ support to make the ballot paper.

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