Lisa Nandy takes on Keir Starmer in Labour leadership race
The political New Year has started as dramatically as it ended in 2019, although this time the headlines have been grabbed by Trump’s assassination of Qassem Soleimani, rather than Brexit, it will give domestic politicians lots to get their teeth into, not least the Labour Party.
Of course, after their crushing defeat at the ballot box in December the Opposition is in a state of extraordinary disarray, and with four election defeats in their locker, there is little doubt that something dramatic has to occur to make them a viable alternative to Boris Johnson.
Jeremy Corbyn, while popular with the membership failed to translate that support to the country as a whole, which is an awkward inheritance for his successor to change.
David Cameron, Theresa May and Boris Johnson all appealed to the electorate more than their Labour equivalents and despite Tony Blair, who enjoyed over a decade in Downing Street, warning about the folly of choosing Corbyn as leader, the party still shifted to the far left.
Now after the chaotic Brexit years, and with future trade deals under negotiation, Labour is tasked with re-branding itself and reclaiming its heartlands and Wigan MP Lisa Nandy, thinks she is the woman to do the job.
In fact she was well aware of the separation between Westminster and her own constituency which voted to leave and understands why the ‘Get Brexit Done’ mantra resonated with many working class voters in the North.
She speaks eloquently about her mission and while currently low in the bookies’ favourites, she has not been tarnished in the same way as Starmer, Thornberry and Long- Bailey, by standing as close to Corbyn in the past.
Labour will really ave to reinvent itself in the coming years and ac effectively and cohesively to win the electorate’s trust.
Potentially, a new face, and a woman’s face at the helm, might achieve this. However, it will be the membership, not the parliamentary party who will decide this, and they may still be set on a Corbynista future.
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