She said that voters no longer trust Labour, which suffered its worst electoral result since 1935. Miss Phillips, who has never held a frontbench nor a senior parliamentary role since being elected MP Birmingham Yardley in 2015, claimed she is the straight-talking candidate who can win back working-class support. She said: “Against a Prime Minister who blusters and lies, Labour needs a leader who will speak truth – to both the party and the country.”
Miss Phillips is the third MP to declare they will enter the leadership race, following shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry and shadow treasury minister Clive Lewis.
“People didn’t trust us,” she said.
“I travelled around the country during the general election campaign and what I was hearing from our amazing activists was that people don’t trust us anymore.
“And that’s what I was hearing from voters.
“They don’t think we are honest and they don’t trust us to be the people who get to make the decisions.”
Miss Phillips said only “when we are clear and straightforward” will voters again back Labour again.
“We’re a party named after the working class who has lost huge parts of its working-class base.
“Unless we address that, we are in big trouble,” she added.
“We have got to be brave and bold and bring people with us, not try to look all ways.
“Trying to please everyone usually means we have pleased no one. Now is not the time to be meek.”
Former Labour MP for Great Grimsby Melanie Onn, who lost her seat in the December election, said that Miss Phillips would be in a “very good position to be able to reach out to ordinary people” if she won.
Barnsley Central MP Dan Jarvis, who is also mayor of the Sheffield City Region, is also considering a tilt at the top job.
The former Army major has called for the party to make a “clean break” with the Corbyn era.
Shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer, Rebecca Long-Bailey, a close ally of Mr Corbyn, and Wigan MP Lisa Nandy are also considering challenges.
Bookmaker Coral gave Miss Phillips odds of 16-1 but said that Sir Keir remains the odds-on favourite at 4-6, with Ms Long-Bailey second at 7-2.
BACKBENCHER Jess Phillips has launched her Labour leadership bid with a stinging attack on Jeremy Corbyn. The outspoken Remainer lashed out over the "woeful response" to the anti-Semitism crisis that engulfed the party as well as its fudged Brexit policy.