The Race To Be The New Labour Leader (New, New, Old, New Labour)

Discussion in 'News and Current Affairs' started by Diogenes, 29 Jun 2019.

  1. John McDonnell

    2 vote(s)
  2. Diane Abbott

    5 vote(s)
  3. Emily Thornberry

    0 vote(s)
  4. Sir Keir Starmer

    17 vote(s)
  5. Angela Raynor

    1 vote(s)
  6. Rebecca Long-Bailey

    0 vote(s)
  7. Yvette Cooper

    3 vote(s)
  8. Sadiq Khan

    2 vote(s)
  9. A N Other

    5 vote(s)
  10. Jess Phillips

    4 vote(s)
  1. Diogenes

    Diogenes Opinions, schminions

    Looks like the starter's pistol has been fired and the candidates will start jockeying for position in the next leadership race. Being British, we do so love watching political parties indulge in a bit of internal blood-letting as what are at heart a group of deeply selfish people, hungry for power, see the prize tantalisingly within their grasp and trample each other to get it.

    So who are the runners and riders?

    1) John McDonnell - basically a media friendly Corbyn, one of the North London set with the same dodgy past that crippled Corbyn
    2) Diane Abbott - Another of the London group, not good with the media, or much else.
    3) Emily Thornberry - What do you know, another Londoner. Spoke out very publicly against party policy after Labour got hammered in the local elections.
    4) Sir Keir Starmer - has carried himself pretty well in the Brexit fiasco, sometimes single-handedly acting as HM Loyal Opposition
    5) Angela Raynor - Speaks strongly about Welfare issues and has criticised the dafter Labour policies.
    6) Rebecca Wrong-Daily - Strong supporter of Corbyn but maybe a bit young?
    7) Yvette Cooper - The Blairite in the woodpile, unlikely to get support from Momentum
    8) Sadiq Khan - an experienced political mover, is the timing right for him?
  2. Bromptonaut

    Bromptonaut Rohan Man

    Bugbrooke UK
    How can Sadiq be a runner. He has no seat in parliament.

    And while miss-spelling Rebecca Long-Bailey's name is a minor giggle it's not appropriate if this is a serious question. Sure you don't want to up the ante by referring to Emily T by her honorary title (which she holds as consequence of her husband's position on the High Court Bench).?
    Last edited: 29 Jun 2019
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  3. OP

    Diogenes Opinions, schminions

    Does the leader of the Labour Party have to be an MP? His term is up in May 2020, can they finagle a way forward or is it as I said, the wrong timing?

    Och I put Rebecca's name in the poll correctly. ^_^
  4. Salty seadog

    Salty seadog Space Cadet...(3rd Class...)

    I don't see Jess Phillips in there.
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  5. OP

    Diogenes Opinions, schminions

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  6. marinyork

    marinyork Resting in suspended Animation

    Seats can be found, not at very short notice. All I'm saying is we went through this with Boris.
  7. Crackle

    Crackle Squatter

    Trump would choke on his big mac if Khan became pm

  8. derrick

    derrick The Glue that binds us together.

    God help us if Kahn gets in.
  9. marinyork

    marinyork Resting in suspended Animation

    There is no leadership election, there's an attempt to cause one by a leak. However as speculated elsewhere I'm sure there is a handover plan.

    I don't think it's too likely McDonnell and Abbott would stand, but you never know.

    I think Hillary Benn is probably quite likely to stand. Other possibles are Clive Lewis. Lisa Nandy (although her stock has fallen a lot the last couple of years). Barry Gardiner, Dawn Butler, Tom Watson himself. If it got delayed significantly down the road you might have someone like Stella Creasy going for it (I know she's pregnant).

    I would vote
    1) Angela Rayner
    2) Sadiq Khan
    3) Keir Starmer
    4) Rebecca Long-Bailey
    5) Emily Thornberry
    6) John McDonnell
    7) Diane Abbott
    8) Yvette Cooper
    9) Jess Phillips

    in that order.

    Rebecca Long-Bailey is older than Angela Rayner btw, who is older than Jess Phillips.
    Last edited: 29 Jun 2019
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  10. welsh dragon

    welsh dragon a permanent vacancy now exists

    Is that it? I don't rate any of them. To be honest no one these days has any of the wit, sarcasm, charm, charisma or exuberance that MP's from the past had and that goes across all of the political parties these days.

    I shall vote for A. Nother
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  11. pawl

    pawl Guru

    Boris To cross the house
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  12. welsh dragon

    welsh dragon a permanent vacancy now exists

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  13. derrick

    derrick The Glue that binds us together.

    When did a MP ever had any of those qualities?
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  14. Cycleops

    Cycleops Guru

    Accra, Ghana
    What about Tom Watson?
    John McDonnell , Diane Abbott and Khan, the nightmare tickets.
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  15. Cycleops

    Cycleops Guru

    Accra, Ghana
    They could parachute him in but I don't think he has much support given his poor performance as Mayor.
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