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Former shadow health minister to run for Labour leader

Liz Kendall, the shadow health minister, became the first MP to announce she is running to replace Ed Miliband as Labour leader yesterday.

The former minister for care and older people has been an advocate of Labour’s pre-election 10-year plan for the NHS, to offer ‘whole-person care’ through the integration of health and social care services.

Her ministerial role followed her previous job as director of the Ambulance Service Network and the Maternity Alliance.

She is likely to be up against Yvette Cooper, shadow health secretary Andy Burnham and Chuka Umunna in the running to take over from Ed Miliband

Speaking to about Labour’s pre-election plans for the NHS, Kendall said: ‘It will be a choice between care going backwards, with fragmented services and money wasted under the Tories – or Labour’s plans to fully join-up the NHS and social care so we get the best results for users and the best value.’

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