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Chuka Umunna pulls out of the Labour leadership race

Published 16/05/2015

Fears: Chuka Umunna
Fears: Chuka Umunna

Chuka Umunna has dramatically quit the Labour leadership race, citing "very real concerns and worry about this bid's impact on those close to me".

The shadow business secretary announced he was withdrawing from the contest to succeed Ed Miliband just days after declaring he would be a candidate.

In a statement the front-runner to head the party's rebuilding after last week's general election defeat said he had underestimated the level of scrutiny to which he and his family would be subjected. Sources close to Mr Umunna insisted that his withdrawal was not due to any negative story which he expects to appear in the media.

It is understood he was uncomfortable with the level of scrutiny directed at him and his family since he declared his intention to stand for the leadership.

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