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Andy Burnham Refuses To Back Jeremy Corbyn Or Owen Smith For Leader

The Leigh MP has previously defended himself on the issue, saying in July of the Labour coup that he had been “highly consistent” in not pulling ranks with several Labour leaders during his long tenure in government and the shadow cabinet.

“The position I’ve taken is highly consistent with what I’ve always done, in that if you remember in 2006, I think it was there was a kind of effort to remove Tony Blair. When people asked me to take part in that, I didn’t,” he said.

“In 2009, my good friend James Prunell resigned on a local election night [and called upon prime minister Gordon Brown to do the dame], and I was asked to take part in that, and I didn’t.

“I’m pretty consistent in the way that I do these things. I personally fear that there’s a problem where MPs look like they’re trying to dictate an outcome the party is not on board with.”

Burnham won 51% of the vote in the race to become Labour’s candidate for mayor of Manchester. 

The Merseyside-born MP launched his campaign in July and has vowed to reverse the Conservative “crisis” gripping the city’s NHS.