Jon Cruddas MP today made the following statement on the Labour Party Leadership Election:
"Since the election many people have urged me to stand for the leadership of the party. I have been humbled by the enthusiasm people have shown for my possible candidacy. I have given it serious thought.
The role of leader is one of the greatest honours imaginable - but it is not a bauble to aspire for. It is a duty to fulfil. I do not feel that I am in a position to deliver on the hopes and expectations that will be placed in the next leader.