Angela Eagle Announces Bid to Challenge Corbyn for Party Leadership

Challenge comes amid heavy criticism and a no-confidence motion in Corbyn's leadership; Eagle declares him 'unable to defeat the ruling Conservation party.'

Angela Eagle, front right, arrives to launch her Labor leadership bid at the Institution of Engineering and Technology in London, July 11, 2016.
Dominic Lipinski, AP

REUTERS - British opposition Labour lawmaker Angela Eagle launched her bid to take over the leadership of the party on Monday, saying its current leader Jeremy Corbyn was unable to defeat the ruling Conservative Party.

"Today I am announcing my decision to stand for the leadership of the Labour Party," Eagle said in a speech to kick off her campaign.

"Jeremy Corbyn is unable to provide the leadership that this party needs - I believe I can. I am not a Blairite, I am not a Brownite and I am not a Corbynista, I am my own woman," she said.

Corbyn was chosen as Labour leader last year on a wave of support from the party's most left-wing activists. But he has clashed with its lawmakers who overwhelmingly passed a no-confidence motion in his leadership. Many have accused him of not campaigning strongly enough to keep Britain in the European Union in last month's referendum.