At hustings meeting for parliamentary party, leading candidate says Labour should not distance itself from Ed Miliband’s central issues such as inequality

Andy Burnham, the favourite for the Labour leadership, warned that the party should be careful not to distance itself from everything it has stood for in the last five years, as the candidates addressed a hustings for the parliamentary party.

Burnham spoke at the meeting on Monday alongside the shadow home secretary, Yvette Cooper, shadow care minister, Liz Kendall, shadow development secretary, Mary Creagh, and leftwing backbencher Jeremy Corbyn, as MPs make up their minds about who to support for the leadership.

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