Labour MP Owen Smith speaks during his campaign launch near Cardiff in south Wales, on July 17, 2016, where he announced his candidacy to be leader of the British opposition Labour Party.
As a new Conservative prime minister took over last Wednesday, Britain's opposition Labour Party was facing an existential crisis, riven by toxic splits over the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn. Smith, a 46-year-old member of Corbyn's shadow cabinet, announced that he would run against fellow Labour MP Angela Eagle in the Labour leadership contest.  / AFP / GEOFF CADDICK        (Photo credit should read GEOFF CADDICK/AFP/Getty Images)