Former shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna has announced today he is withdrawing his candidacy for the Labour Party’s leadership contest.
The Streatham MP said he withdrew his bid after ‘careful reflection’ about the effect his election bid would have on his immediate family and loved ones.
Mr Umunna was a member of the shadow cabinet during Ed Miliband’s term as leader and one would have thought he had a pretty good idea the amount of media scrutiny would come with that role seeing how controversial the media portrayal of the former Labour leader was during his five year tenure.
However Mr Umunna admits he may have underestimated the sheer scale of the scrutiny after being a target himself since he declared on Monday. His girlfriend who accompanied him to the BBC studios for an interview at the Andrew Marr show has since been subjected to jibes on the internet by trolls, while social media is awash with some not very friendly comments about Mr Umunna’s leadership bid.
Despite this, the former lawyer did enjoy a fair amount of support from Brits across all divides as some already pledged their support should he carry on with his leadership bid. After news of his withdrawal broke, fellow black MP Chi Onwurah expressed her disappointment in a tweet saying she had ‘recognised his talent.’
Sad @ChukaUmunna has withdrawn from leadership contest. I had (& have) not decided who to back but recognised Chuka's huge talent
— chi onwurah (@ChiOnwurah) May 15, 2015
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