Wigan MP Lisa Nandy has reiterated she is not planning a bid to become Labour leader after it emerged the website www.lisa4leader.org has been registered.
The former shadow energy secretary said the first she had heard about the site was when Wigan Today approached her for comment.
In an emotional plea, Ms Nandy, asked those responsible to stop “playing silly buggers” during such an important time for the party.
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She said: “It’s possible that it’s someone who is supportive but I do also suspect that it’s someone who is messing about playing games.
“I would ask them just to stop.
It’s possible that it’s someone who is supportive but I do also suspect that it’s someone who is messing about playing gamesLisa Nandy
“In the last week I have been inundated with people, from both sides, concerned about the consequences of the EU referendum result. That’s what Labour should be focusing on.
“It looks like a leadership election is now inevitable. All I know is I won’t be standing in it.”
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is facing increasing calls to step aside after party MPs backed a motion of no confidence.
It emerged earlier this week a domain name for angela4leader had been registered days before Angela Eagle, who is tipped to stand for party leader, had resigned from the shadow cabinet.
According to publicly available web data, the lisa4leader address was registered on Thursday but the applicant has used an identity protection service to maintain their anonymity.