Labour Leadership Election Result: Chuka Umunna Spotted Filming Owen Smith 'Defeat Speech'

He was seen by a constituent.
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Almost 24 hours before the official announcement, Chuka Umunna has been reportedly spotted filming a concession speech declaring that Owen Smith had lost the Labour leadership election.

A Streatham resident claimed they saw Umunna filming a piece to camera declaring that Jeremy Corbyn had fought off competition from his rival and secured a second mandate to lead Labour.

So outside my flat Chuka Umunna is recording a message to Labour members that Owen Smith has lost. #LabourLeadership #Lab16

β€” Clifford Fleming (@cliffordfleming) September 23, 2016

It is not clear whether Umunna recorded a separate message for airing in the event Smith won the leadership election. The Huffington Post UK has contacted his office for clarification.

Corbyn is expected to win when the election results are announced at 11.30am on Saturday.

Though the claim he filmed such a video is not proven, many took the opportunity to poke fun at Umunna.

Doubt he'll be recording one for an Owen Smith win too...

β€” Asa Bennett (@asabenn) September 23, 2016

Hurry up and get that video finished @ChukaUmunna so we can all laugh at you

β€” Blair Lied (@blacbloc) September 23, 2016

Glad to see Chuka had confidence in Smith right up until the end...

β€” Jack Hart (@MrJacHart) September 23, 2016

Omfg why is everyone in the Labour Party so incompetent πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

β€” Jess (@jess_dicky) September 23, 2016

But some people were less shocked than others.

As we all know it. It's not indicative of new insider info when the result may as well have been projected on the moon for the last 8 weeks.

β€” Tom Wilson (@feedthedrummer) September 23, 2016

I, for one, am shocked at this outcome

β€” Anna (@AnneRh0des) September 23, 2016

While one person pointed to Umunna’s history of strange political pitches, recalling the video he used to announce his candidacy for Labour leader in 2015.

Can't wait to watch this. Hope it's at least a bit more polished than that smartphone leadership pitch from Swindon.

β€” Patrick Maguire (@patrickkmaguire) September 23, 2016



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