Rebecca Long-Bailey has confirmed she is considering standing in the contest to be Labour’s next leader, pledging to champion “progressive patriotism”.

Writing in the Guardian, she blamed Labour’s decisive election defeat on its “compromise solution” on Brexit, as well as a lack of trust among voters.

However, the shadow business secretary insisted its policy agenda was popular.

Ms Long-Bailey also confirmed she was backing shadow education secretary Angela Rayner as deputy leader.

Jeremy Corbyn has said he will stand down as leader early next year in the wake of Labour’s election defeat earlier this month, where much of the party’s traditional Northern strongholds fell to the Conservatives.

Labour was defeated for a fourth election in a row and recorded its worst performance, in terms of seats, since 1935.

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