Owen Smith cancels Labour leadership launch in wake of Nice attack


Owen Smith has cancelled the planned launch of his Labour leadership campaign in the wake of the latest terror attack in France.

At least 84 people have died after a lorry was driven through crowds celebrating Bastille Day in Nice.

Smith was scheduled to launch his bid to be Labour leader with an event in his Pontypridd constituency on Friday but the former shadow work and pensions secretary tweeted that the event has now been called off.

Smith was due to warn that he believes the Labour Party is heading for a "disastrous split".

He was due to say: "This is a moment of deep peril for Labour, if we carry on as we are the party I love will end up in a disastrous spilt. I am not prepared to let that happen.

"The Labour Party must pull through this crisis and unite. We owe it to the millions of people across Britain who look to the Labour Party to provide hope and optimism for their lives."

Angela Eagle has already launched her campaign to try to replace Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader.

Smith was also due to say that he believes he is the only candidate that can unite the party, which has been rocked by turmoil in recent weeks.

Owen Smith makes a speech (Gareth Fuller/PA)
(Gareth Fuller/PA)