Don Valley MP Caroline Flint has released a video to back up her bid to become Labour’s deputy leader.
In a low-key announcement made on Twitter, Ms Flint, who held onto her Don Valley seat for the fifth time at this month’s General Election, has joined the race for the party’s second in command.
She said: “Labour only wins when we build broad-based coalitions, with roots in every part of the country and in all classes.
“Labour needs a leadership team with the confidence to take our argument onto TV, into the Commons chambers and to every corner of the country. A team with the will to win. I’m in.”
She is bidding to replace Harriet Harman who is currently interim party leader following the resignation of Doncaster North MP Ed Miliband following Labour’s disastrous defeat.
She has announced she will step down once a new deputy is found.
Ms Flint, who has served in a variety of positions in the Labour frontbench since 2005, and as Shadow Secretary of State for Commmunites and Local Government and at the Department of Energy and Climate Change in opposition, will face shadow Commons leader Angela Eagle and Exeter MP Ben Bradshaw who have both thrown their hats into the ring.
Other Labour party senior figures such as Tom Watson and Stella Creasy could join them in the running.
Mr Watson, Labour’s former campaign co-ordinator, is reported to be crowd-funding a deputy leadership bid, while Ms Creasy, the Walthamstow MP, has said she is “open to the question” of running.
Labour is also looking for a new leader to replace Mr Miliband, with Andy Burnham, Liz Kendall, Yvette Cooper and Mary Creagh in the frame.
Labour needs a team with the will to win. I’m inCaroline Flint
Both the new leader and deputy will be announced on 12 September. She has launched a website www.caroline4deputy.com to back up her campaign.