'Press manufacturing' Labour leadership crisis say North MPs backing Ed Miliband

Gateshead MP Ian Mearns said he was 'oblivious' to any plot to oust embattled Labour Party leader Ed Miliband

Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire Labour leader Ed Miliband
Labour leader Ed Miliband

Labour MPs in the North East have backed Ed Miliband as he faces a fresh leadership crisis.

Reports emerged at the weekend that as many as 20 MPs are poised to oust the party leader.

Senior figures are reportedly ready to get rid of the leader if former shadow Home Secretary Alan Johnson was ready to stand.

Mr Johnson, however, has ruled himself out of a leadership bid.

It comes as polls persistently show Mr Miliband to be unpopular voters as the General Election looms.

Labour figures from the region say they are happy with his leadership and are focusing on the campaign.

Catherine McKinnell, Labour MP for Newcastle North, said: “The majority of my constituents want to see a Labour Government next May - one that governs in the interests of the many, and not just a privileged few.

“Ed Miliband has set out a clear vision for how a future Labour Government would help to rebuild this country, and is addressing the everyday, and very real, concerns that people raise with me.

“This is not about personalities, but about the policies that will make a real difference to the lives of people in the North East - whether on the cost of living, on making work pay, the NHS or giving our young people a real future.”

Gateshead MP Ian Mearns added: “Nobody has spoken to me about a plot to oust Ed. No-one has asked me to support a plot - if there is or was a plot I am completely oblivious to it. Ed is our Leader and has my support.”

Pat Glass, MP for North West Durham, tweeted: “Tories have had 2 MPs defect, have lost 1 by-election and about to lose another and press manufacturing a Labour leadership crisis? #EMforPM”

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