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Sunday 21 September 2014

Spring rules out Labour leadership bid

Published 03/06/2014 | 10:06

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Arthur Spring, Labour deputy for Kerry North-Limerick West. Picture: Tom Burke
Arthur Spring, Labour deputy for Kerry North-Limerick West. Picture: Tom Burke

Kerry TD Arthur Spring has confirmed that he will not be contesting the Labour leadership.

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The party backbencher today pledged his support for Social Protection Minister Joan Burton, who is the clear favourite to succeed Eamon Gilmore.

 

Mr Spring’s decision not to contest the leadership means there will be a two horse race between Ms Burton and junior Health Minister Alex White.

 

Mr Spring, who is the nephew of former Tanaiste Dick Spring, said he discussed with Ms Burton her plans for the leadership.

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