Statements by Labour leader candidates

Liz Kendall has published an open letter to British trade unionists and has set out many of her views in a short speech at a lunch for the Westminster press gallery. She spoke in her constituency about her commitment to education, especially in the early years and said that “The Labour party that I lead will always remember its purpose”

Mary Creagh has given a New Statesman interview about her life, before Westminster, in local government and her position on devolution. She has given Sky News an interview on why she is standing.

Andy Burnham has done a Mirror interview on what Labour should do in the next five years. In his first major speech, at Ernst and Young, Burnham says “Labour will value the entrepeneur as much as the nurse or teacher”.  The article is reported by the Huffington Post, which says Burnham told the audience that Labour could never win an election without business support or the backing of white van man and woman. The Guardian also reports him as telling business leaders that Labour “should value spirit of free enterprise.”   The Huffington Post also has an article headed “Andy Burnham first to get on ballot of Labour leader race, attacks Miliband’s ‘metropolitan elite'”

Yvette Cooper has given the Independent an interview on “I Want the Labour party to lead a revolution in family support.”. She has told the Huffington Post why she thinks we lost the election and what the Labour party needs to do to renew itself. She has also done a Newsnight interview with Laura Kuenssberg. She was also interviewed on the Andrew Marr Show on the 31 May and said Labour “should not be swallowing the Tory manifesto”. This is the Guardian report of the interview, which describes her as “distancing herself” from Andy Burnham and Liz Kendall.

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