Angela Eagle's colleagues prepared for leadership challenge two days before she resigned from shadow cabinet

The former shadow Business Secretary did not make her expected challenge on Thursday 

Andy McSmith
Friday 01 July 2016 09:40
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Angela Eagle is expected to announce that she will run for the Labour leadership
Angela Eagle is expected to announce that she will run for the Labour leadership

Supporters of Jeremy Corbyn’s rival, Angela Eagle, were preparing for a leadership challenge at least 48 hours before she quit Labour's shadow cabinet saying she had no confidence in the leader.

The domain name Angela4leader.org was registered last Saturday, 25 June – the day when then then shadow Foreign Secretary Hilary Benn was contacting fellow members of the shadow cabinet, telling that he had lost all confidence in Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership.

Mr Benn was sacked late that same night after a telephone conversation with the Labour leader. His sacking set off a stream of resignations, starting early on Sunday morning.

Eagle resigned on Monday, telling Mr Corbyn “we need a leader who can unite the party.”

The Angela4leader domain name was registered by Joe McCrea, a PR consultant from Matlock, Derbyshire, who worked as a special adviser in the Department of Health and in Downing Street during the early years of Tony Blair’s premiership.

Asked why he had registered it while she was still a member of Mr Corbyn's shadow cabinet, Mr McCrea said: “No comment.”

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