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By William James LONDON (Reuters) - The Labour Party lacks the courage and big ideas to win back lost voters, MP Andy Burnham, a frontrunner to become the party's new leader, will say on Tuesday as Labour battles to define its political identity after a painful election defeat. Labour is searching for a new leader after Ed Miliband resigned in May in the wake of the centre-left party's heaviest election loss since 1987, at the hands of Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives. Burnham, bookmakers' favourite to win the four-person race, will seek on Tuesday to turn the in-fighting to his advantage, framing himself as the reform candidate in a speech entitled 'Recapturing the spirit of '45' - a reference to Labour's Clement Attlee who won a surprise election victory in 1945.
The US and Turkey have agreed to work together to drive Islamic State jihadists from northern Syria, senior US officials said, as Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu vowed to press ahead with parallel strikes against Kurdish militants. The potentially game-changing accord with the US comes with ambassadors from all 28 NATO countries due to meet on Tuesday in Brussels -- at Turkey's request -- to discuss Ankara's campaign against IS and Kurdish militants. Turkey, meanwhile, fuelled the growing anger of its Kurdish minority by shelling a Kurdish-held village in northern Syria while its warplanes continued to pound Kurdish targets in northern Iraq.