Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Two Main Challengers

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Two Main Challengers

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ANGELA EAGLE Former shadow business secretary Having served under four Labour leaders, Merseyside MP Angela Eagle is a battlehardened parliamentarian of 24 years. Her most famous Commons clash was when she was slapped down by David Cameron, who said "Calm down, dear" after she goaded him at PMQs. As he was being accused of sexism, she was relishing having got under his skin. A staunch trade unionist, her standing has risen in recent years and in March she gave one of her best Commons performances when she tore into George Osborne over his Budget.

The Wallasey MP, 55, studied PPE at Oxford, was first elected in 1992, and was the first woman MP to reveal that she is gay. A junior Home Office and social security minister under Tony Blair, she moved to the Treasury after Gordon Brown became prime minister. She was shadow Commons leader in Ed Miliband's team and then Jeremy Corbyn's shadow business secretary.

TOM WATSON Deputy Labour leader Watson is a political fixer not afraid of taking on big beasts. …

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