Labour leadership: Emily Thornberry says she is ‘squeezed’ in race

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Media captionEmily Thornberry: “We would be more credible”

Emily Thornberry says she is being “squeezed” in the Labour leadership race by two “monolithic” campaigns, but says she brings “depth of experience”.

She said some saw the race as being between Rebecca Long-Bailey and Sir Keir Starmer, but added that the members should have the widest choice.

Labour will be “more professional” under her leadership, she added.

The shadow foreign secretary is the only hopeful not to have the required support to make the final ballot yet.

Labour’s Brexit spokesman Sir Keir Starmer, Wigan MP Lisa Nandy and shadow business secretary Mrs Long-Bailey have reached the threshold to be included on the members’ ballot.

They needed the support of 5% of local parties or at least three affiliates – two must be unions – by 14 February. So far, Ms Thornberry has the backing of a handful of local parties and no affiliates.

When asked by BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg why she was behind in terms of nominations from local parties, Ms Thornberry said the contest had “ended up with two slightly monolithic campaigns” from Mrs Long-Bailey and Sir Keir.

“One is perceived as being on the left, with the support of Momentum and all the data that obviously Momentum has,” she said, referring to Mrs Long-Bailey.

“And the other one therefore by comparison is seen as the right or the centre ground.”

She said it was “not for the leaders take us to the left or to the right” but the new leader should “take us forward, we need to have the best candidate”.

“And so, to a certain extent it is a good old fashioned squeeze between these two big, you know, campaigns, with all the data and everything else, and it’s quite difficult in the middle of that,” she said.

“But what I want to do is to break this and to get onto the ticket.”

She added: “We should have everybody on the ticket, so that the members can make the decision.”

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Media captionFour candidates remain in the race for the Labour leadership

Ms Thornberry said that under her leadership Labour will be “more professional”, adding: “We will be more believable, we will be more credible and people would say: ‘Oh, thank goodness the Labour Party’s back’.

“You know: ‘We can vote for the Labour Party now,

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