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US News Labour leadership candidates set for hustings - as poll gives Starmer lead

09:50  18 january  2020
09:50  18 january  2020 Source:   news.sky.com

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Who will be Labour 's next leader ? Labour leadership : What does Keir Starmer stand for? The hustings follows the campaign launches of shadow business secretary Mrs Long-Bailey and The poll - which only includes full Labour members, and not others who are entitled to vote - indicates Sir

Poll by LabourList readers puts shadow business secretary ahead of rival Keir Starmer . Rebecca Long-Bailey is expected to win the backing of Momentum as a poll placed her ahead of closest rival for the Labour leadership , Keir Given the movement is about democratising the Labour party as well.

Jess Phillips, Emily Thornberry, Lisa Nandy, Keir Starmer, Rebecca Long-Bailey posing for the camera: Labour leadership candidates (left to right) Jess Phillips, Emily Thornberry, Lisa Nandy, Sir Keir Starmer and Rebecca Long-Bailey © Sky Labour leadership candidates (left to right) Jess Phillips, Emily Thornberry, Lisa Nandy, Sir Keir Starmer and Rebecca Long-Bailey Labour's five leadership candidates are going head-to-head in the first public hustings of the campaign, as a new poll gives Sir Keir Starmer a commanding lead over Rebecca Long-Bailey.

The hustings, in Liverpool, are the first of at least a dozen over the next 11 weeks and could have a major bearing on who emerges victorious when the result is declared at a special conference on 4 April.

Just hours before the hustings begin, a poll of Labour Party members by YouGov in The Times, suggests Sir Keir could win the leadership contest with 63% of the votes, with Ms Long-Bailey polling just 37%.

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The Labour MPs set out their pitches, as they and other contenders prepare for the first hustings . Two of the candidates to succeed Jeremy Corbyn as the next Labour leader will launch their Mrs Long-Bailey and Ms Thornberry will be joined at the debate by fellow candidates Lisa Nandy, Jess

Sir Keir Starmer wouldn't today reveal whether he saw his ideas and his ambitions for the country as closer to Jeremy Corbyn or Tony Blair. But his obvious reluctance to plant a flag somewhere on Labour 's wide political spectrum is perhaps representative of the problem that he faces in this race.

But a poll earlier this week by another pollster, Survation, gave Ms Long-Bailey a narrow leader over Sir Keir and she has also won the backing of Momentum, which said it would be "mobilising thousands" to campaign for her.

Keir Starmer wearing a suit and tie: A YouGov poll suggested Sir Keir Starmer is favourite to win the Labour leadership © Imagebridge A YouGov poll suggested Sir Keir Starmer is favourite to win the Labour leadership

On the eve of the hustings, Ms Long-Bailey and outsider Emily Thornberry formally launched their campaigns, with the left-wing shadow business secretary addressing a packed rally of 300 supporters in Manchester.

In her speech, she promised to end the "gentlemen's club of politics" by devolving power out of Westminster and also pledged to introduce a "Green New Deal" that unites Labour heartlands.

She said: "The story of the last few years is that many people feel there is something wrong with their laws being drafted hundreds of miles away by a distant and largely unaccountable bureaucratic elite in Brussels.

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Some thoughts on Labour leadership polling as new @Survation /@LabourList poll published 1) This is very early in the campaign: *the first hustings only happens Saturday *we don't yet know which of these candidates will get Momentum set to back Rebecca Long-Bailey as poll places her in lead .

Some thoughts on Labour leadership polling as new @Survation /@LabourList poll published 1) This is very early in the campaign: *the first hustings only happens Saturday *we don't yet know which of these candidates will get Momentum set to back Rebecca Long-Bailey as poll places her in lead .

"But I'll be honest, Westminster didn't feel much closer, and it still doesn't today.

"That's why I want to shake up the way government works and deliver a clear message to voters: we will put power where it belongs - in your hands."

Speaking in her hometown of Guildford, Ms Thornberry made a combative speech in which she stressed her experience and launched a series of attacks on the prime minister.

"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," she said.

She told her supporters: "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.

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Some thoughts on Labour leadership polling as new @Survation /@LabourList poll published 1) This is very early in the campaign: *the first hustings only happens Saturday *we don't yet know which of these candidates will get Momentum set to back Rebecca Long-Bailey as poll places her in lead .

Some thoughts on Labour leadership polling as new @Survation /@LabourList poll published 1) This is very early in the campaign: *the first hustings only happens Saturday *we don't yet know which of these candidates will get Momentum set to back Rebecca Long-Bailey as poll places her in lead .

"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."

The three outsiders in the race, Ms Thornberry, Jess Phillips and Lisa Nandy will not be too downhearted by the YouGov poll, pointing out that at this stage of the 2015 Labour leadership campaign Jeremy Corbyn was way behind his rivals in the polls.

They will hope that strong performances in the hustings, or slip-ups by the two front-runners, could alter the course of the campaign and lead to a shock result like Mr Corbyn's victory over more established candidates in 2015.

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