Starmer one step closer to Labour leadership
Today is the final day for those in the Labour leadership race to declare their backing by MPs, before they progress to stage II in the process.
Of the six candidates, it seems that at least the required 22 MPs or MEPs have shown their support for Lisa Nandy, Jess Phillips, Rebecca Long-Bailey and Keir Starmer, with Clive Lewis and Emily Thornberry looking vulnerable.
However, it appears that Keir Starmer is currently the one to beat and the reason for that may well lie in his background.
There are only three individuals who, historically have been able to win a Labour majority in parliament, two of whom have been barristers and all three were educated at Oxford.
It is interesting therefore to see that Starmer, unlike Corbyn fits this profile as well.
Much has been made of the Tories privileged background, with the likes of Cameron.Johnson and Rees-Mogg being members of the Bullingdon club, but Attlee, Blair and even Wilson were scholars from Oxford too.
Earning a Knighthood for his role as director of public prosecutions, while on the side of the weaker in society n his career, his socialist roots are not grounded in Corbyn’s type of campaigning.
It seems that many are recognising that Starmer’s appearance, demeanour, education and obvious legal aptitude for winning an argument could just make the Labour Party more palatable again.
However, Long-Bailey will also be favoured by many in the party for taking the Corbyn baton forward and keeping the party ideologically left of centre. His ability has also been rubber-stamped by Unison, which will certainly help in the latter stages of the competition.
It seems to be the general consensus of opinion that only Starmer can bring the party as a whole back together again and build a platform from which Labour has a chance of winning in five years time.
Of course, Blair whilst the most successful Labour PM, also has had his hands tarnished by his involvement in Iraq and should he come forward to support Starmer, it could well be the kiss of death.
It seems that while the Labour party would love to be seen progressive and have a female leader, those currently in the running simply do not have the credentials for the job, and it seems the London bias of the party its not to be broken either as Starmer represents Holborn and St. Pancras.
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