Andy Burnham rules out another leader bid

Leigh MP Andy Burnham
Leigh MP Andy Burnham
  • Shadow home secretary rules out third leadership bid in future
  • Reaffirms his commitment to Leigh
  • “I’m utterly privileged to be representing part of this borough”

LEIGH MP Andy Burnham has revealed he does not expect to run for leadership for a third time.

In an exclusive interview with the Leigh Observer, the shadow home secretary reaffirmed his commitment to his constituents now he is back in the “real world”.

And admitted his best chance at being party leader has been and gone in this year’s race.

He said: “I always thought not (on standing for a third time in the future). I’ve tried twice and I think there’s a limit to how many times (you can stand).

“I have the feeling that if it was to be my time it would have been this one. But you don’t know what the future brings.

“I’ve always said I will always serve the party in any way I can but I don’t expect (to try again).”

It’s great to be immersing myself locally again

Leigh MP Andy Burnham

On the intense media coverage during the campaign, which ended last month with Jeremy Corbyn landing Labour’s top job, he said: “You expect it (the intense media coverage) it’s part of the job but some of it was beyond what was acceptable in my view. I understand why they do it, but I also think the public are savvy enough to see what’s going on with it.

“And to me it’s water off a duck’s back. But the support I received locally matters a lot.”

Adding: “It’s great to be immersing myself locally again. I’m utterly privileged to be representing part of this borough and I know that everyday. You couldn’t represent better people, more decent down to earth people.”

• To read the full interview see this week’s first edition of the Leigh Observer, out now.