Wednesday 20 September 2017

I still want to lead Labour, says Kelly

Alan Kelly. Photo: Damien Eagers
Alan Kelly. Photo: Damien Eagers
Independent.ie Newsdesk

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Environment Minister Alan Kelly has indicated there should be a vote for the leadership of the Labour Party if Joan Burton steps aside.

The party's deputy leader refused to say whether he would run for the leadership at the next opportunity - but said that if his supporters feel he should, then he will.

"Joan will make her own decision [on stepping down] and when that decision is made, I'll answer that question.

"The members will make this decision. It won't be Alan Kelly or Joan Burton and Brendan Howlin," he said.

"I've always said it would be an ambition to lead the Labour Party and that hasn't changed."

Mr Kelly also told RTÉ's 'Today with Sean O'Rourke' that he regrets ever telling the 'Sunday Independent' that "power is a drug" and that he doesn't actually believe that.

"Everyone makes mistakes. I make mistakes. I hold my hands up to certain things that I said," he said.

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