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Harriet Harman said Labor’s next leader should be a woman, adding it was “downright embarrassing” that the party has never had a woman leader.

The veteran Labor MP also spoke of grief at losing her husband, Jack Dromey, “unexpectedly” to his death in January.

Harman, the MP for Camberwell and Peckham, who plans to step down after the next general election, told GB News: ‘As we have a leadership election in the distant future, it has to be a woman next every time, because it’s downright embarrassing that the Conservatives had two and we didn’t even have a woman leader in the opposition, let alone a woman prime minister.

“I think it’s partly because the women in the Labor Party are more subversive than the women in the Conservative Party. Women in the Conservative Party tend to work with men without challenging them like we do.

Asked how she was coping after her husband’s death, Harman said: “I’m not entirely sure of the answer to that question because it’s only been six months since he died and he died absolutely suddenly, unexpectedly.

“I feel like widowhood is something that happens to most women who are married or have a partner. But there is a real mystery for me in terms of… how are you going with your life?

Father-of-three and Labor MP Dromey died suddenly of heart failure at his flat in his Birmingham Erdington constituency six months ago. The couple married in 1982.

Harman said: “I have children, I have grandchildren, I have my constituents, so in a way I have no choice but to do what they describe as “crack”. I’m breaking down…I know that’s what Jack would want me to do.

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