Spring To Decide By Tuesday If He’ll Run For Labour Leader

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Deputy Arthur Spring.

ARTHUR Spring will decide by next Tuesday whether he will put his name forward for the position of Labour leader.

Deputy Spring was speaking on the Morning Ireland programme on RTE Radio 1 this morning .

“I am considering putting my name forward for both positions at the moment,” the Tralee man told presenter Cathal Mac Coille. “I have parliamentary party colleagues who will propose and second me for both positions and I’m going to do three things.

First of all I’m going to assess whether or not I have sufficient support in order to contest, as I do believe there should be a contest. The second thing is I’m going to do a lot of soul-searching to see what I can bring to the table myself and the third thing I’m going to do is try to devise a plan for the re-engagement of the Labour Party with the Irish people,” said Deputy Spring.

He was then asked what  he can bring to the table in order to become leader.

“A level of knowledge of a particular generation and a level of passion and energy. They’re the qualities you need to become leader or deputy leader of any political party,” he said.

The Labour leader issue is expected to be decided in early July.

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