Chuka Umunna has withdrawn from the Labour party leadership contest. The shadow business secretary was the front runner with the bookmakers to become the next leader of the Labour party.
However he has now announced that he no longer intends to stand for leader of the Labour party because of the “scrutiny and attention” the contest has brought him.
It comes just 71 hours after he made the announcement he would be standing on his Facebook page on Tuesday.
He said he always “worried” that his leadership bid has “too soon” and that “continued to have very real concerns and worry about this bid’s impact on those close to me”.
Sources close to Mr Umunna insisted that his withdrawal was not due to any negative story which he expects to appear in the media.
It is understood that he was uncomfortable with the increased level of scrutiny which had been directed at him and members of his family since he declared his intention to stand for the leadership.
That leaves Yvette Cooper, the shadow home secretary, Andy Burnham, the shadow health secretary, Liz Kendall, the shadow health minister and Mary Creagh, the shadow international development minister.
His team were confident that he would secure the 35 nominations from fellow MPs required to mount a leadership bid, but he decided that it was not the right time for him to press ahead. Mr Umunna is not at this stage endorsing any other candidate for the leadership.