Chuka Umunna withdraws from Labour leadership race

Chuka Umunna formally withdrew from the race to become Labour leader earlier today. As odds on favourite to win, his withdrawal leaves Yvette Cooper and Andy Burnham as the bookies choices to replace Ed Miliband as Labour leader. 


Chuka was considered by many to represent a new and more moderate direction for the Labour party, and his withdrawal from the race has shocked many who believe that he had the potential to provide the vision to turn Labour's fortunes around. 


Although very popular in London and in much of the rest of England, Umunna may have struggled to connect with the Scottish and the working class as a London-centric former jet-setter. Indeed, he has already courted controversy; decade old comments have been unearthed from his social media accounts asking how to avoid the 'trash' when partying. 


It is understood that Chuka withdrew from the race because of excessive media scrutiny, although his aides have claimed that he has not withdrawn because of any impending tabloid expose. Insiders claim that Umunna decided to withdraw when tabloid journalists began doorstepping his girlfriends great grandparents.


Umunna's withdrawal has left the race to become Labour leader wide open. Who would you like to see as new Labour leader? Tell us in the comments below.