Starmer, Nandy and Long-Bailey may run to be new Labour leader

The next British General Election is scheduled to take place on Thursday 2nd May 2024. But who will be Leader of the Opposition on that day and the possible next Prime Minister?

Shadow Brexit Secretary Sir Keir Starmer is the favourite to take over from Corbyn as the new Labour Party leader. Who else is in contention?

General Election 2019: Who will be Labour's next leader?

BBC News
15 December 2019

Jeremy Corbyn has said that he won't lead Labour into the next election, after the party suffered its worst defeat since 1935.

Current shadow chancellor John McDonnell has ruled himself out of the contest, and says he wants the party to pick a female leader.

So far there are more women than men included in the possible runners and riders in the race.

Here are some of the potential hopefuls, with analysis from BBC Reality Check.

Who will run for Labour leadership?

The 40-year-old MP for Wigan told the BBC she is "seriously considering" standing for the leadership. One of a clutch of shadow ministers who resigned from Jeremy Corbyn's frontbench after the Brexit referendum, she has been urging her party to concentrate on winning support in smaller towns.

The 57-year old shadow Brexit secretary is currently the bookies' favourite. He is likely to be seen as the centrist candidate in the race. A passionate Remainer, he was director of public prosecutions before entering Parliament.

The 40-year old shadow business secretary is one of a new generation of MPs on the left of the party who is close to Mr Corbyn's inner circle. She represented Labour in a TV debate during the election.

The 39-year old was a care worker and Unison official before becoming an MP. The shadow education secretary says she is on the "soft left" of the party.

The 38-year old Birmingham Yardley MP has been one of the most outspoken critics of Jeremy Corbyn's leadership and the party's record on tackling anti-Semitism, bullying and harassment.

The 59-year old shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry deputised for Mr Corbyn at prime minister's questions but was replaced after publicly calling for Labour to back another Brexit referendum.

Other possible candidates include former cabinet minister Yvette Cooper, who lost out to Jeremy Corbyn in 2015, and former BBC journalist Clive Lewis.

Shadow justice secretary Richard Burgon says he is considering running for the deputy leader post, and says he's "made no secret" of the fact he would like shadow business secretary Rebecca Long-Bailey to be the next head of the party.

When could it happen?

Jeremy Corbyn has said that it's up to the National Executive Committee (NEC) - Labour's governing body - to decide when he goes as leader.

He has said that he expects a new leader to be selected early in the new year.

The party's rulebook says that when both the leader and deputy leader are "permanently unavailable", the NEC calls a postal ballot. Deputy leader Tom Watson stood down on 12 December.

The NEC may want to have a new leader in place before local elections in England, scheduled for 7 May.

In 2015, the process took more than four months. Ed Miliband resigned on 8 May and Jeremy Corbyn was announced as winner on 12 September.

Who can run?

Candidates for leader and deputy leader have to be MPs, and they need nominations from 10% of Labour MPs and MEPs.

And in a new rule, candidates also need nominations from 5% of Labour's constituency parties.

Alternatively, they need nominations from three affiliated bodies, two of which must be trades unions, adding up to 5% of affiliated members.

Who can vote?

Members of the Labour Party, affiliated trades unions (if they opt in), and socialist societies such as the Fabians, all get one vote each.

In 2015, non-members were allowed to register as supporters and vote in the contest for a £3 fee.

Those new registered supporters voted overwhelmingly for Jeremy Corbyn, though he gained enough support from members and affiliates to win anyway.

In 2016, when Owen Smith challenged Jeremy Corbyn, the cost of registering was raised to £25 and people were given only two days to sign up.

The cost and the time period for registering this time will be in the hands of the NEC.

How does the vote work?

The votes are cast on a one-member, one-vote basis, by preferential ballot.

That means that voters rank the candidates in order of preference. If any candidate gets more than half the votes, they win.

If not, the candidate with the fewest votes is eliminated, and their second preference votes are redistributed.

If that results in any candidate with more than half the votes, they win. If not, the remaining candidate with the fewest votes is eliminated and their votes redistributed, until the contest produces a winner.

Who controls the process?

Labour's National Executive Committee has 39 members, representing the trades unions, the shadow cabinet, Labour's elected representatives at local, national and European level, and constituency parties.

Supporters of Jeremy Corbyn and the grassroots campaign group Momentum are strongly represented on the NEC, and they are likely to use their influence to promote a left-wing candidate in the coming election.

What about the deputy leader?

There is also a vacancy for deputy leader, as the incumbent Tom Watson stood down. It would be up to the NEC to decide when to have an election for a new deputy, although it would be cheaper and simpler to hold the votes at the same time.

Meet The Labour Leadership Candidates.

From Rebecca Long-Bailey to Emily Thornberry, Labour candidates to replace Jeremy Corbyn each have baggage. Whether it’s the anti-Brexit stance to be against democracy, or forgetting the left behind and working class.
Brexit: MPs debate Johnson's Brexit bill ahead of vote

MPs are debating whether to back the PM's plan for the UK to leave the EU on 31 January, ahead of a vote later.

The EU (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill would also ban the government from extending the transition period - where the UK is out of the EU but follows many of its rules - past 2020.

Boris Johnson said it would allow the UK to "move forward".

But Jeremy Corbyn said Labour would oppose the bill, and there was "a better and fairer way" to leave the EU.

The government has insisted a trade deal with the EU can be in place by the end of the transition period, but critics say this timetable is unrealistic.

The result of the Commons vote is expected at about 15:00 GMT.
DAN HODGES: Labour needs a leader who's prepared to kill terrorists - and doesn't bang on about Greta Thunberg...

By Dan Hodges For The Mail On Sunday
22 December 2019

'If we get this wrong, it's over,' the Labour MP told me. 'If a continuity Corbyn candidate wins the leadership, then we can just shut the shop. The Labour Party will be finished.'

In which case, they may as well just nail the 'To Let' sign on the door of the party's Victoria Street HQ this morning. Labour is going out of business.

Here's what Keir Starmer – one of the supposedly moderate leadership contenders – said on Wednesday when invited to give his analysis of Labour's worst defeat since 1935: 'A Labour Party that strays too far from its values loses. In the end, the Labour Party strayed too far from its values between 1997 and 2010.'

The next Labour leader needs to tell their party to shut up. Shut up about the Palestinians. Shut up about Greta Thunberg (pictured). Shut up about Northern Ireland customs forms

On the man who led Labour to political oblivion – as opposed to three successive, but apparently valueless, Election victories – he said: 'What Jeremy Corbyn brought to the Labour Party in 2015 was a change in emphasis that was really important – a radicalism that matters. We need to build on that rather than simply say, 'Let's now oversteer and go back to some bygone age.' We need to build on that radicalism.'

Rebecca Long Bailey is cited as the Continuity Corbynite candidate

The car is on fire, on its roof, in a ditch. But Starmer is worried about 'over-steering'. As are the rest of the contenders. Rebecca Long Bailey is cited as the Continuity Corbynite candidate. But the truth is they are all Continuity Corbynites now.

Take Jess Phillips. If she could drop her over-rehearsed 'I never saw a banana or a £50 note or an inside toilet until I came down to London' shtick, she could potentially give Boris and the Tories a run for their money.

But this is what she was tweeting last week: 'Don't worry about which sort of Labour you are, if you want rid of Johnson's Government and want a say in how, join now.'

Don't worry about what sort of Labour you are? Did Jess Phillips sleep through Election night?

Up and down the country, dozens of her colleagues were being sent packing by people who looked at Labour and couldn't recognise the same party their parents and grandparents had voted for.

But this is where we're heading. Under cover of appeals for 'unity' and an end to 'factionalism', this contest is already being framed as a rerun of the disastrous Owen Smith leadership challenge of 2016. Complete with a rehash of his iconic platform 'Corbynism is fresh and radical. I support lots of what Jeremy is doing. Dump Jeremy.'

Take Jess Phillips (pictured). If she could drop her over-rehearsed 'I never saw a banana or a £50 note or an inside toilet until I came down to London' shtick, she could potentially give Boris and the Tories a run for their money

This is not a moment for unity, but a moment for unrestrained, savage score-settling. Senior Labour MPs shouldn't be issuing saccharine-coated entreaties to the Corbynites. They should be hurling themselves with unbridled fury at the parasites who have infested one of the great political institutions of Western democracy and driven it to the brink of destruction.

Or, if they can't bring themselves to do that, perhaps they could learn from them.

When Jeremy Corbyn was elected in 2015, he didn't control the party's ruling NEC. He didn't control the Shadow Cabinet. He didn't control the membership. He had nothing but an uncompromising (if warped) vision of what he wanted the Labour Party to become.

There was no attempt to work the angles, or 'talk right' to create the space to move Left. He planted a flag in the ground. And people rallied to it.

No one from Labour's supposedly moderate wing is going to be planting any flags. The best I could get from one MP was a lukewarm commitment to 'doing a Kinnock'. By which they meant they hoped the new leader would start off parroting Corbynism, then move in increments towards a position of greater electability.

Sadly, there are a number of flaws with this strategy. Kinnock was a seasoned politician, rooted in his party and his movement.

Rebecca Long Bailey and Keir Starmer have been MPs for just four years. As has Jess Phillips, who has never held so much as a junior shadow ministerial brief. Lisa Nandy – a relative veteran – has served as a member of the Shadow Cabinet for the sum total of nine months.

A second problem with replicating the Kinnock Strategy is the original was underpinned by quite a lot of losing. It took Kinnock a decade to drag his party into a place where it could even think of mounting a realistic challenge for power.

So if Labour MPs are happy to forgo the next Election and the one after that, and then have a pop at unseating Boris around 2033, they might be on the right track.

There is also one other crucial difference. Neil Kinnock did actually care about what sort of Labour you were.

If you were a member of Militant, you were out. You didn't get praised for the 'energy' you were bringing to your party. You weren't given licence to play out your student union political fantasies on a national political stage. You were sent packing.

Tories took NO chances

The team conducting the Tory Party canvassing 'ground war' certainly weren't taking anything for granted. 'Some of our guys were out door-knocking and this Australian answered the door,' a Minister tells me.

'So they said, 'Can we count on your support?' And he said, 'I'm Lynton Crosby, I helped run the last two Tory Election campaigns.' And they replied, 'We know, Sir Lynton, but we have to make sure.' '

I think they put him down as a leaning Tory.

There is no need for a great internal debate, or prolonged period of introspection. If Labour is to have even a snowball in hell's chance of forming a government at some point over the next decade, what has to happen next is obvious to everyone.

It's time to clean house. Ditching Corbyn will not be enough. They all have to be driven out. He has to go. Momentum have to go. The whole viper's nest has to go. Now is not the moment to 'build a big tent', it's the moment to burn the tent to the ground. And then draw some clear lines amid the ashes.

When asked if they would use Britain's nuclear deterrent, the next Labour leader needs to say 'yes'. When asked if they would order police to shoot to kill terrorists running amok on the streets of Britain, the next Labour leader needs to say 'yes'. When asked if they would back environmental crusaders breaking the law to make their voices heard, the next Labour leader needs to say 'no'.

Then they need to tell their party to shut up. Shut up about the Palestinians. Shut up about Greta Thunberg. Shut up about Northern Ireland customs forms.

And start listening to what people in Bolsover and Sedgefield and Barrow actually care about, rather than what Corbyn and his cultists have spent four years telling them they should care about.

There can be no more acts of appeasement. Or attempts to reach an accommodation, or agree some sort of uneasy truce.

Whoever takes over as leader has one final chance to prove that even after its most shattering defeat for the best part of a century, the Labour Party is still worth fighting for.

Does it matter what sort of Labour you are? Yes, Jess. It matters an awful lot.

Long-Bailey and Lavery to run for Labour leadership

If Labour elect Corbynistas Long-Bailey or Lavery, it would show they've learnt nothing from their biggest drubbing in 84 years...

Rebecca Long-Bailey has broken her silence to confirm she plans to run to be Labour’s new leader, but faces a surprise challenge to be the Corbynista candidate.

In her opening pitch, the shadow business secretary pledged to champion “progressive patriotism”, while avoiding criticism of the outgoing leader or of his handling of the antisemitism issue.

Instead, Ms Long-Bailey argued Labour’s policy agenda was popular, saying: “We didn’t lose because of our commitment to scrap universal credit, invest in public services or abolish tuition fees.”

But, in evidence that doubts are growing on the Left about her credentials, party chairman Ian Lavery also announced that he is weighing up a leadership bid.

“He has had a tremendous amount of support and is seriously considering all of his options,” said a spokesman for the former miner, a close Jeremy Corbyn ally.
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Remainers To Turn Labour Into A Re-Joiners Party

With Emily Thornberry, Keir Starmer, and Rebecca Long-Bailey being the front runners for the Labour leadership, Corbynistas and Momentum are losing control as Remainers get behind Starmer to push the pro-EU agenda. Meanwhile, Labour supporters are too busy complaining about Iain Duncan Smith receiving a knighthood. Brexiteers aren’t acting as childish despite Nigel Farage not receiving a knighthood.

Future Labour commissar Rebecca Long-Bailey has suggested "progressive patriotism", which seems like an oxymoron on the face of it.
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Labour’s leadership race shows the party has truly lost the plot

Brendan O'Neill

Brendan O'Neill
4 January 2020
The Spectator

The Labour Party has lost the plot. That is the only explanation for the bizarre, self-destructive antics it has been engaged in since its drubbing in the December election. It has learnt nothing. It is blissfully and stupidly carrying on down the path of Remainerism and/ or Corbynism that lost it the election.

Instead of taking a breather and asking why working-class voters rejected it en masse last month, Labour is doubling down on its unpopular nonsense. Pretty much every door-stepping canvasser and opinion pollster said the same thing about Labour’s historically awful showing in working-class ‘red wall’ constituencies: it was down to the party’s betrayal of Brexit or to its embrace of eccentric Corbynista blather — or both.

And yet now Labour is pursuing both, still, with a vengeance. It plans to carry on betraying Brexit, when even some of the most hardcore Remainers have thrown in the towel. And the leadership is pushing a Corbynista stalwart — Rebecca Long-Bailey — as its favourite leadership candidate. You couldn’t make it up.

On Brexit, Labour is still fighting what already, less than a month after the election, feels like an exhausted, archaic battle. It wants to delay our exit from the EU to make sure we don’t leave without a deal. Oh, change the record. That is so last decade. Literally. How do they not die of boredom just repeating these knackered, undemocratic lines?

Corbyn has tabled an amendment to the EU Withdrawal Bill, which MPs will discuss next week, to put off Brexit by two years if a deal is not reached by June. Labour thinks that in such circumstances we should stay in the EU until 2023, by which time a Labour-approved deal might have been reached. 2023 — that would be a full seven years after the British people voted to leave.

Of course, Labour’s amendment has a snowflake’s chance in hell of being passed, given that — because of Labour’s own daft policies and naff campaigning — Boris Johnson’s government enjoys an enviable majority of 80. And yet it is still striking that Corbyn has proposed this amendment, for it suggests that he and his coterie have taken not a single lesson from the working-class revolt against them just three weeks ago.

That Corbyn is seriously proposing another delay to the Brexit process is staggering. It is positively delusional. It speaks to a chasm-sized disconnect between the machinery of the Labour party and its traditional working-class voters. The latter have made clear, time and again, that they expect Brexit to be upheld; and yet the party leadership continues to demonise, mock and frustrate Brexit. The tone-deafness, the self-destruction, is almost epic.

And then, of course, there’s the leadership race. This is where things really go off the rails. The candidates are a mix of the two things that working-class Labourites so thoroughly rejected not even a month ago — Remainer ultraism and continuity Corbynism.

So there’s Keir Starmer, the architect of Labour’s disastrous Brexit policy, who is currently the favourite among Labour members. (Labour members, of course, are far more middle-class, metropolitan and pro-EU than Labour’s red-wall heartland voters.)

Also on the Brussels-loving side, there’s Jess Phillips, the Member of Parliament for Jess Phillips, whose only known policy beyond bigging herself up on Twitter is having a pop at Brexit. This despite the fact that all four wards in her constituency of Birmingham Yardley voted to leave, two of them by more than 60 per cent.

Putting Jess, or Keir, in charge of the Labour party would be a roundabout way of saying to working-class Labour voters: ‘Hey. This party isn’t for you anymore. Sorry. It’s for middle-class Remainers like us. Stay in Boris’s arms where you belong.’

Rebecca Long-Bailey, meanwhile, is more famous for being a Corbynista than a Remainer (though she’s a Remainer too, natch). Apparently the public-school types who still run Labour even following its historic routing by the working classes — Seumas Milne, Andrew Murray — see RLB as the continuity candidate. What a death knell.

Working-class voters don’t want Corbynism. That came through loud and clear in December. They don’t want its wokeness, its student-style activism, its worship of the cult of youth, its preening, academic pretend-Marxism. If RLB were to go into red-wall areas wearing a leadership crown handed down from Corbyn, she’d have doors slammed in her face.

It is surreal how much Labour has failed to appreciate the depth, the seriousness and the historic nature of its defeat last month. The people the party was founded to represent rebelled against it in an unprecedented way. To respond to that by clinging harder to the things that turned off these voters, whether Europhilia or Corbyn idiocy, is suicidal. Maybe Labour has resigned itself to being a middle-class party. From a mass working-class party to a minority middle-class one — what a sinking trajectory.
So Boris is well on his way to winning in a landslide in 2024...
TONY PARSONS Who cares who leads the Labour Party if it couldn’t care less for our country?

Tony Parsons, Sun on Sunday columnist
4 Jan 2020
The Sun On Sunday

IT doesn’t matter a damn who Labour chooses as its next leader because the party is doomed until it learns to love our country.

More than any other factor, Labour’s shocking patriotism deficit is the reason the party enters 2020 looking like it is ready to be put out for the binmen of history.

Rebecca Long-Bailey is a totally uninspiring candidate Credit: Reuters

Sir Keir Starmer is bookies' favourite to replace Jeremy Corbyn Credit: AFP or licensors

Writing in the New Statesman, Labour MP Liam Byrne recalled how the party’s institutionalised loathing of this country went down on the doorstep during the General Election.

He wrote: “One man told me he saw our leader [Jeremy Corbyn] as a ‘communist terrorist sympathiser’ who wouldn’t push the nuclear button, sing the National Anthem or stand up to the Russians, even when their spies poisoned our citizens in Salisbury. On door after door, we heard similar views.”

Sounds like fair comment.

But there was a time when a proud Labour man was at least as patriotic as any Tory.

“I could use a bayonet, a rifle, a revolver,” Labour legend Tony Benn recalled of his service in World War Two.

“And if I’d seen a German officer having a meal, I’d have tossed a grenade through the window.”

Tony Benn was as hard Left as it ever gets.


But there was one crucial difference between Benn and Corbyn, John McDonnell and the Marxist muppets of Momentum.

Tony Benn loved this country.

Benn was the most eloquent advocate of leaving the European Union that the UK ever had, saying that to be an elected British MP travelling to Brussels in 1974 made him feel like “a slave to Rome”.

More important than his loathing of the EU, Benn was prepared to fight, kill and die for this country.

A member of the Home Guard at 16, Benn later became an RAF pilot, like his father and his elder brother Michael, who was killed during the war.

So you can disagree with Tony Benn’s hard-Left politics.

But nobody could ever doubt his devotion to this country.

Benn’s unapologetic patriotism has disappeared from the Labour Party of today and with it any chance of Labour winning a general election any time soon.

Ambitious Labour MPs are aware that their next party leader will fare no better than Magic Grandad if they are openly sympathetic to terrorist organisations like Hamas, Hezbollah and the IRA.

And so you get Rebecca Long-Bailey droning in a voice like a general anaesthetic that Labour needs a “progressive patriotism” if they want to win back all those working-class voters who just went Tory for the first time in their lives.

Progressive patriotism? What’s that when it’s at home, Rebecca?

Long-Bailey has built her career cravenly backing the likes of Corbyn and McDonnell — extremist politicians who have spent a lifetime sucking up to terrorists who despise this country.

So it is a bit rich to see Rebecca paying lip service to patriotism — progressive or otherwise — this late in the day.

Labour have spent so long spitting poison at anyone who loves this country that when drivel about “progressive patriotism” comes from their flapping cakeholes, it sounds like they are faking it.


Labour simply don’t get it.

Patriotism is not some meaningless political posture, a manifesto pledge to be tossed aside later.

Patriotism is real, and it matters to millions, and we feel it in our blood and bones.

Most of us have parents, grand-parents or great-grandparents who lost their youth to the great conflicts of the last century.

Millions of us believe that we are blessed to call this country our home.

We are proud of our history and forever grateful to the generations who came before us and who paid for our freedoms with their sacrifice.

We see British history as something to be proud of — not to apologise for!

Is that kind of patriotism “progressive” enough for speaking clock Rebecca Long-Bailey?

Probably not.

At their party conference in 2018, Labour delegates enthusiastically waved hundreds of Palestinian flags.

Would Labour ever wave the Union Jack with the same passion?

I suspect that the caring comrades would rather slash their wrists.

Jeremy Corbyn presided over a crushing Labour defeat Credit: Times Newspapers Ltd

Marxist McDonnell admitted Labour got it totally wrong Credit: Getty - Contributor

Poor choices

IN 120 years, Labour have never had a woman leader.And although most of the possible replacements for Corbyn are female – Lisa Nandy, Emily Thornberry, Yvette Cooper, Jess Phillips, Rebecca Long-Bailey – the party seem certain to choose another mediocre male.

The bookies have Sir Keir Starmer as favourite to step into Corbyn’s sandals.

Sir Keir would be the first party leader with a title since 1963.That should win back the working class
Labour Leadership Candidate Lisa Nandy Dismisses Journalistst Opinion Because He Is White

After last month's trouncing, Labour Party shitweasels still haven't learned that perhaps it's not a good idea to slag off potential voters

The takeover of the Labour Party by the elitist socialists has been completed as the next potential Labour leader publishes plans to reward the middle class champagne socialists at the expense of the ordinary working classes. In other news, Iain Dale was on ITV’s Good Morning Britain when he walked out due to the lefties dominating the debate by putting him into a corner. This is the current problem of the mainstream media, which we discuss on this show.

The viciousness of sectarian politics is playing out in the diminishing Labour Party.