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US News Emily Thornberry vows to be an 'unashamedly socialist' Labour leader if she wins the battle to take over from Jeremy Corbyn as new poll shows Sir Keir Starmer beating Rebecca Long-Bailey 63% to 37% in final round

21:10  17 january  2020
21:10  17 january  2020 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Emily Thornberry launches her campaign for Labour Party leadership at the Guildford Waterside Centre. (Photo by Jonathan Brady/PA Images via Getty Images) © PA Wire/PA Images Emily Thornberry launches her campaign for Labour Party leadership at the Guildford Waterside Centre. (Photo by Jonathan Brady/PA Images via Getty Images)

Emily Thornberry today vowed to be an 'unashamedly socialist' Labour leader if she takes over from Jeremy Corbyn as she also pledged to quit if she did badly in the top job. 

Ms Thornberry formally launched her leadership campaign with a speech in her home town of Guildford this evening as she desperately tried to make an impact on the race. 

Her speech came after the publication of a new poll which showed the battle is increasingly a two horse race between Sir Keir Starmer and Rebecca Long-Bailey. 

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Emily Thornberry holding a sign: Emily Thornberry launched her leadership bid in Guildford this evening as she pledged to bring forward an 'unashamedly socialist' manifesto if she takes over from Jeremy Corbyn © Provided by Daily Mail Emily Thornberry launched her leadership bid in Guildford this evening as she pledged to bring forward an 'unashamedly socialist' manifesto if she takes over from Jeremy Corbyn

The YouGov survey suggested Sir Keir had extended his lead over his rivals with the shadow Brexit secretary on course to beat Ms Long-Bailey in the final round of voting by 63 per cent to 37 per cent. 

That is an increase for Sir Keir on the company's poll last month which put him on 61 per cent and Ms Long-Bailey on 39 per cent. 

The numbers are likely to cause alarm in Ms Long-Bailey's leadership team as she appears to be losing ground to her fellow front runner. She will launch her campaign at an event in Manchester tonight. 

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An earlier Survation poll of Labour members for the LabourList website published on Wednesday suggested Ms Long-Bailey had the support of 42 per cent of members with Sir Keir second with 37 per cent. 

GUILDFORD, ENGLAND - JANUARY 17: Labour Leadership Contender Emily Thornberry speaks on stage during her Leadership Campaign Launch at Guildford Waterside Centre on January 17, 2020 in Guildford, England. She is in contention with Jess Phillips, Rebecca Long Bailey and Sir Keir Starmer. The new leader will be announced on 4 April and will replace the current Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images) © 2020 Getty Images GUILDFORD, ENGLAND - JANUARY 17: Labour Leadership Contender Emily Thornberry speaks on stage during her Leadership Campaign Launch at Guildford Waterside Centre on January 17, 2020 in Guildford, England. She is in contention with Jess Phillips, Rebecca Long Bailey and Sir Keir Starmer. The new leader will be announced on 4 April and will replace the current Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)

Jess Phillips had the support of nine per cent of members and Lisa Nandy had the backing of seven per cent. 

Ms Thornberry was last out of the five candidates with just one per cent of support.

The shadow foreign secretary tried to kick start her campaign this evening as she said that if she becomes Labour leader she would put forward an 'unashamedly socialist' manifesto. 

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'We must not make the mistake of defining it as a choice between who will take us to the left, or to the centre or to the right, because the only issue that really matters now is who will take us forward,' she said.

'Who will stand up and lead the fight? Who will give us strength, experience and passion? Who will give us an unashamedly socialist but deliverable manifesto? Who will win back the voters we lost in the last two years? And crucially, who will take us to victory and take us back into government?

a man wearing a suit and tie: But a new YouGov poll showed Sir Keir Starmer is on course to win the Labour leadership race © Provided by Daily Mail But a new YouGov poll showed Sir Keir Starmer is on course to win the Labour leadership race

'And it’s because I believe I have the skill, the values and the vision to achieve all of those goals that I decided to stand up and fight for the Labour leadership.'

She also promised that she would step down as Labour leader if people did not believe she was on course to win the next general election.

She said: 'If I’m elected leader, and if I believe at any point, or you tell me, or my colleagues tell me, or the polls tell me, that I can’t win an election and take us into power, I will always put the Labour party first.

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'I will do what I believe is best to ensure we get a Labour government. So in those circumstances, I would stand down and give someone else the chance to achieve the only goal that counts for our country: getting a Labour Prime Minister back in power.'

She warned that that Labour faces 'a long, tough road back to power' after the party last month suffered its worst general election defeat since 1935.

She set out why she believes she is best placed to take the fight to the Tories. 

'In my 42 years as a member of the Labour Party, there is no fight or campaign our movement has waged where I have not been on the frontline,' she said.

'And since coming to Parliament 15 years ago, I've also been on the frontline in the fights against climate change, Universal Credit, and anti-abortion laws in Northern Ireland.

Rebecca Long-Bailey standing on a city street: Rebecca Long-Bailey, pictured in Westminster on January 14, will launch her leadership bid in Manchester tonight © Provided by Daily Mail Rebecca Long-Bailey, pictured in Westminster on January 14, will launch her leadership bid in Manchester tonight

'I've led the charge as shadow foreign secretary against Donald Trump and the war in Yemen. 

'And in the two years I shadowed Boris Johnson as foreign secretary, I showed him up every time for the lying, reckless charlatan that he is.' 

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Ms Thornberry squeaked into the next stage of the leadership race on Monday after managing to secure the backing of the required 22 MPs needed to progress.

Now the five candidates must win the nominations of 33 local constituency parties or three Labour affiliates, including at least two trade unions, to enter the final postal ballot of members. 

Party members will then vote between February 21 to April 2 with the winner announced on April 4. 

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