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

Who would make the best Labour leader?

  • John McDonnell

    Votes: 2 3.6%
  • Diane Abbott

    Votes: 5 9.1%
  • Emily Thornberry

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Sir Keir Starmer

    Votes: 24 43.6%
  • Angela Raynor

    Votes: 1 1.8%
  • Rebecca Long-Bailey

    Votes: 2 3.6%
  • Yvette Cooper

    Votes: 4 7.3%
  • Sadiq Khan

    Votes: 2 3.6%
  • A N Other

    Votes: 9 16.4%
  • Jess Phillips

    Votes: 6 10.9%

  • Total voters
    55
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lane

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Sir Keir Starmer the clear preference for folk so far. Have to admit all I know about him has been his performance during the Brexit carry-on where he came across well. Not so keen if he's as London-centric as some say.

ETA - I know that list isn't comprehensive, just the candidates I could readily think of but it's encouraging that a list of 6 women and 3 men can pass without comment. Is the Labour party ready to have a woman as leader?
Maybe the question should be - are they ready to have a leader?
 

SpokeyDokey

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Maybe the question should be - are they ready to have a leader?
I guess the real difficulty in selecting a leader is matching said leader to a party that has no clear policy on Brexit due to Corbyn's long (and probably horrendously painful) stint on the fence. As well as keeping the various knee jerk, throw money promises made in an effort to buy votes.

I'm no Labour voter by a long way but he is a truly poor party (and opposition) leader - in the absence of decent leadership of the Tory party in recent times, Labour should really be streets ahead in the various who to vote for in a GE polls.
 
I guess the real difficulty in selecting a leader is matching said leader to a party that has no clear policy on Brexit due to Corbyn's long (and probably horrendously painful) stint on the fence. As well as keeping the various knee jerk, throw money promises made in an effort to buy votes.

I'm no Labour voter by a long way but he is a truly poor party (and opposition) leader - in the absence of decent leadership of the Tory party in recent times, Labour should really be streets ahead in the various who to vote for in a GE polls.
I am a labour supporter, but sadly you are dead right. Regardless of which tribe you support I have to say both lots seem an utter shambles at the moment. And I'm not one to be cynical about politicians as by and large they are (or at least have been) mostly honourable people working hard to do good, but these days I despair of then
 

srw

It's a bit more complicated than that...
Have any of the contenders had a proper job in the commercial world, just asking.?
Keir Starmer and Emily Thornberry both had long careers as barristers (self-employed entrepreneurs running small businesses). Sadiq Khan ran a solicitor's practice. Jess Phillips managed residential units for a charity. Rebecca Long-Bailey worked for major law firms.

Meanwhile Boris Johnson has never had a proper job, just a series of journalistic sinecures, and Jeremy Hunt had several unsuccessful businesses before getting lucky with a small one whose main customer was the government (at the time he was an MP) and whose main success came after he left them. He's not really an entrepreneur, he was in the right place at the right time running a very small business if the sort he's about to put out of business.
 

Cycleops

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Keir Starmer and Emily Thornberry both had long careers as barristers (self-employed entrepreneurs running small businesses). Sadiq Khan ran a solicitor's practice. Jess Phillips managed residential units for a charity. Rebecca Long-Bailey worked for major law firms.

Meanwhile Boris Johnson has never had a proper job, just a series of journalistic sinecures, and Jeremy Hunt had several unsuccessful businesses before getting lucky with a small one whose main customer was the government (at the time he was an MP) and whose main success came after he left them. He's not really an entrepreneur, he was in the right place at the right time running a very small business if the sort he's about to put out of business.
So none then , thanks for that.
 

perplexed

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Whoever does become the next LP leader my immediate thought is that it can't be one of his circle - I don't mean the Shadow Cabinet necessarily, more the cabal which sees the LP in the sorry state it is in. I think from memory that Long-Bailey and Raynor are both guilty of promoting unicornism. I don't think Abbott or McDonnell would move the needle at all, so would be pretty pointless. I believe Starmer is possibly seen as the one with the most 'gravitas' by the public at large, and gives the impression of competence.

It's a difficult one really, because whichever name goes forward there is going to be something to criticize them for, in their voting record or somewhere.

Without necessarily endorsing them (haven't researched), what about a couple more names? Wes Streeting, Ben Bradshaw?
 
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