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Chuka Umunna Withdraws from Labour Party Leadership Contest

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LONDON, ENGLAND - APRIL 09:  Labour Business, Innovation and Skills spokesman Chuka Umunna speaks during the launch of his party's education manifesto on April 9, 2015 in London, England. The manifesto was launched as the election campaign entered its second week.  (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)

Chuka Umunna, the British Labour politician who recently announced that he will be running to become leader of the Labour party, has withdrawn from the contest.

BBC confirmed the news.

At this time, it is unclear why he decided to quit. We will bring you additional updates as they become available.

Update:

According to Daily Mail, Umunna withdrew from the race because “he could not cope with the ‘pressure that comes with being a leadership candidate’.”

Photo Credit: Getty Images/Carl Court

28 Comments

  1. Queen of Everything

    May 15, 2015 at 11:11 am

    I guess he isn’t ready… smart choice because “we” aren’t either.

  2. bruno FIERCE

    May 15, 2015 at 11:18 am

    God pls i hope its not a leaked sex tape. lol (I will watch tho, just to see if u have skills) lol

    no matter what happens you are still our hero. and we are proud of u and ur accomplishments.

    a son of an igbo immigrant making it big in obodo oyinbo.
    pls leave that white woman and come back home let me help u a select a good wife who will cook and clean well well without complaining or shouting feminism.

    • annoyed

      May 15, 2015 at 12:27 pm

      i know you will claim to be joking but shut your arse bruno!!!!! Women’s rights and yes FEMIINISM is a serious issue, especially for us Africans

  3. amh

    May 15, 2015 at 11:21 am

    So sorry the british igbo. Has withdrawn his candidacy. Hes not aware theres going to be digging on his personal life. Kedu.

    • FinchleysFinest

      May 15, 2015 at 11:48 am

      I thought about this too . They don’t really like him. I heard he’s arrogant and all but I have never met him so I won’t conclude.

    • OMUNEKWU!

      May 15, 2015 at 4:04 pm

      NOBODY HAS CONFIRMED THE REASON WHY HE STEPPED DOWN, DON’T BRING YOUR HATE INTO THIS FORUM. LET’S KEEP IT DECENT HERE PLS.

    • nnenne

      May 16, 2015 at 12:10 am

      @amh… Yes- oo, personal/ private life is a huge part of politics. I don’t know when Nigeria will realize that saying am repent does not cut it. Service to the nation is for people who strive to live right.

    • ShineShineShine

      May 16, 2015 at 8:32 am

      @Nnene, How l love thee!

  4. Anon

    May 15, 2015 at 11:29 am

    Come Sunday, one of the newspapers has an exclusive on his personal life. Twitter is abuzz with whispers – tax avoidance, tax evasion and yes his sexuality. Of course you can guess it will be a Murdoch newspaper that will expose him.

    I saw this – “I want to be Prime Minister. But I’m not prepared for any scrutiny of my life. Completely and utterly misguided and bizarre.”

    • NG

      May 15, 2015 at 12:49 pm

      Anon, You speak from both sides of your mouth. Pea sized brain you have. Very ignorant much.

    • Anon

      May 15, 2015 at 1:46 pm

      You are a neardenthal. I typed and I did not speak. You think everyone is like you and so you label people just the way you are. Utter numpty.

    • bruno FIERCE

      May 15, 2015 at 3:46 pm

      this foolish @anon the only thing u know how to say is neardenthal.
      you are a big fool. u talk shit all the time. ewu (bellanaija if u like no post my comment)

  5. Iris

    May 15, 2015 at 11:53 am

    Very likely a scandal has been uncovered. Ooo, maybe he’s being blackmailed!

  6. C'est moi

    May 15, 2015 at 11:56 am

    What a shame, I was hoping he’d win the leadership so the annihilation of Labour would be complete.
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    London based chattering class champagne socialist with an offshore trust fund for leader? A SOCIALIST leader! Comical. I mean seriously how was that going to work out? He must be really deluded to think he stood a chance, the press would have a field day.

  7. le coco

    May 15, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    i smell smthing fishy… maybe some1 has smthing on him.. .. nd i duno wt the hell is rong with sm ppl.. what is wrong with him dating a white woman.. is it oyur business.. so he shld come to nigeria solely to pick a wife.. mtchew… how dyu know the woman is a feminist? because she is white? how ignorant

  8. Bisi

    May 15, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    You are so right Anon. Couldnt have said it better. He is probably not ready. But i know very soon. CHANGE IS COMING.

    • Shobie

      May 15, 2015 at 1:07 pm

      Change in another man country? You must be delusional. This is d way it works in England, White boys, white girls, Indian girls, India boys, EU everybody, Black British, then any other black. Why do you think Engineering grads in the UK are bus drivers? Nigerian accent, skin color!

    • COMMONSENSE

      May 15, 2015 at 4:12 pm

      SHOBIE, THIS GUY WAS NOT BORN IN NIGERIA AND DOES NOT HAVE NIGERIAN ACCENT. THAT ASIDE, BRITAIN HAS NOT COME TO TERMS WITH LETTING A FOREIGNER BECOME P/MINISTER BECAUSE THEY ARE MORE TRADITIONAL THAN AMERICA THOUGH TOLERANT OF OTHER RACES PROVIDED YOU DON’T OVERREACH YOUR EXPECTATION.

  9. naijaflo

    May 15, 2015 at 12:43 pm

    I hope he’s not being pressured out. There politics is serious business. You have to have a clean record. They’ll dig out what you have forgotten about . He should sort himself out first if he has skeletons in his closet.
    naijaflo.com

  10. annoyed

    May 15, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    i know you will claim to be joking but shut your arse bruno!!!!! Women’s rights and yes FEMIINISM is a serious issue, especially for us Africans

  11. @edDREAMZ

    May 15, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    a.k.a EDWIN CHINEDU AZUBUKO said..
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    “Labour Party” what a cool name unlike people democratic party and….
    .
    .
    ***CURRENTLY IN JUPITER***

  12. Shopperoflife

    May 15, 2015 at 1:01 pm

    Where are those saying the UK is lahlah land flowing with milk and honey? The English will never allow a black man to lead a major political party. He may or may not have skeletons in his cupboard. But, by the time you are smeared, dragged and kicked even if and when you are eventually proven innocent and clean, the trauma would hv taught you not to be “silly” next time. Only naive and childish people believe that you a black person is really welcome in the UK. Tolerating you and welcoming you whole heartedly are poles apart. Respect yourself no be curse.

    • COMMONSENSE

      May 15, 2015 at 4:14 pm

      MY SENTIMENTS EXACTLY

  13. ShineShineShine

    May 15, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    He blamed scrutiny and pressure. Biko, what does that mean? If you are not ready, why throw in your hat into the ring only to withdraw after just three days? He was naive period.

    • COMMONSENSE

      May 15, 2015 at 4:16 pm

      HE DID NOT THROW IN HIS HAT IN THE RING, HE ONLY VOLUNTEERED A RESPONSE GIVEN THE EUPHORIA OF THE MOMENT.

    • ShineShineShine

      May 15, 2015 at 8:56 pm

      NOPE! He declared his interest on you tube. It was also shown on BBC1 this afternoon.

  14. COMMONSENSE

    May 15, 2015 at 4:08 pm

    BUT AGAINST ALL ODDS OBAMA DID, WHY NOT?

    • Ariz

      May 16, 2015 at 8:35 am

      Omo, U b learner.

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