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Lisa Nandy’s attack on New Labour gives her a chance of victory

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22.01.2020

Lisa Nandy has what looks like an impossible task in what is now a three-way contest for the Labour leadership. She has to persuade Rebecca Long-Bailey supporters that she is very left-wing, and a better salesperson for the Corbynite dream of socialism, while at the same time persuading some Keir Starmer supporters that she is not too Corbyn-like and, frankly, they really ought to have a female leader.

I’m assuming that Emily Thornberry won’t be on the ballot paper when nominations close on Valentine’s Day. She hasn’t got any nominations from trade unions, and so she needs 33 local Labour parties to support her instead. That is going to be very difficult for a candidate who is currently going to come fourth in most ballots of constituency parties.

According to the YouGov poll of Labour members, without Jess Phillips in the race, Starmer is likely to win on the first round of voting with 53 per cent of first preferences. That is why Nandy needs to bring Starmer down, so that she can at least take........

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