Eagle withdraws from UK Labour leadership contest

British Opposition Labour Party MP Angela Eagle holds a press conference in London on July 11, 2016Challenger Angela Eagle withdrew from the contest to lead Britain’s main opposition Labour Party on Tuesday and backed rival Owen Smith in a unity bid to oust embattled leader Jeremy Corbyn. “I’m announcing tonight that I’m withdrawing from this race and supporting Owen,” Eagle told journalists in parliament. Eagle pulled out of the challenge when it became clear that Smith had secured more nominations from the party’s members of the British and European parliaments.

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