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John Healey Announces Deputy Labour Leadership Bid

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John Healey Labour's Shadow Secretary of State for Health addresses delegates during the fourth day of the annual Labour pary conference in Liverpool, north-west England on September 28, 2011. AFP PHOTO/ANDREW YATES. (Photo credit should read ANDREW YATES/AFP/Getty Images)

Labour's John Healey has announced his bid to succeed Harriet Harman as deputy leader of the party.

In an exclusive interview with The Huffington Post UK, the veteran MP and former minister revealed his plans to challenge six other hopefuls to help rejuvenate the party's fortunes.

“Labour’s going to need someone with total loyalty to the party and the leader, someone who doesn’t want that top job for themselves," he said.

"It’s going to need a deputy that allows the leader to give their full attention to the country. And not spend a great deal of time trying to hold things together in the party.”

Healey is the seventh Labour MP to bid for the deputy leadership. Others include Rushanara Ali, Stella Creasy, Tom Watson, Ben Bradshaw, Angela Eagle and Caroline Flint.

Read Healey's full interview here.