Barry Gardiner shocks Labour with hint he may run for leadership

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Shadow cabinet minister to ‘decide within 24 hours’ if he will become seventh candidate

Barry Gardiner, the shadow international trade secretary, has said he is considering running for Labour party leader, in a shock announcement made just days before nominations close.

He said on Wednesday night he would make up his mind in the following 24 hours but is understood to have been encouraged to stand as an alternative leftwing candidate by MPs concerned that Rebecca Long Bailey’s campaign has got off to a poor start.

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