Jess Phillips Leaves Labour Leadership Contest

Jess Phillips, the Labour MP for Birmingham Yardley, has withdrawn from the Labour leadership contest.

Phillips said in a statement:

“The Labour Party will need to select a candidate who can unite all parts of our movement, the union movement, members and elected representatives. And I have to also be honest with myself, as I said I always would be throughout this campaign.

At this time, that person is not me. In order to win the country, we are going to have to find a candidate, in this race, who can do all of that, and then take that message out to the country.”

There are now four candidates remaining in the contest, Rebecca Long-Bailey, Sir Keir Starmer, Lisa Nandy and Emily Thornberry.

New Labour Leader to be Announced on 4 April 2020

Labour’s NEC has confirmed that the new party leader will be announced on 4 April 2020 at a special conference. Anyone who is a member of the party, or an affiliated organisation, on 20 January 2020 will be entitled to vote in the election.

There are currently six candidates standing in the election, Clive Lewis, Rebecca Long-Bailey, Lisa Nandy, Jess Phillips, Sir Keir Starmer and Emily Thornberry.

Keir Starmer Takes Lead in Poll of Labour Members

Sir Keir Starmer, the Shadow Brexit Secretary, has taken a lead in a poll of Labour members of who should become the next party leader. The survey, undertaken by YouGov, reported that Starmer was the first choice in all regions of the country amongst party members.

The polling suggested that Starmer had the support of 61% of party members, compared to the 39% who supported Rebecca Long-Bailey if the two candidates were running against each other.

Amongst party members, the following were the first choice of those interviewed:

Keir Starmer – 31%

Rebecca Long-Bailey – 20%

Jess Phillips – 11%

Clive Lewis – 7%

Yvette Cooper – 7%

Emily Thornberry – 6%

Lisa Nandy – 5%

Broadland MP Keith Simpson Confirms Constituency Association Knew About Nick Conrad’s Past

Keith Simpson, the out-going Conservative MP for Broadland, has said that the local party and members were aware of past comments made by Nick Conrad before he was selected by the party to stand in the constituency at the General Election. Simpson also said that Conrad had been asked to step down by the Conservative Party.

Conrad,  a professional broadcaster, justified rape on a radio show, saying:

“Women also have to understand that when a man’s given certain signals he’ll wish to act upon them and if you don’t wish to give out the wrong signals it’s best, probably, to keep your knickers on and not get into bed with him.”

Simpson said in an interview with the EDP:

“There is no doubt in my mind that Nick was told he must stand down. It was the accumulation of several bad headlines at the start of the campaign on other issues and of course Boris Johnson’s problem with women.”

Simpson added:

“When Nick stood I thought back to what had been said five years ago but my view was that he had apologised profusely and the BBC had not sacked him of course. He was asked about the comments and replied very well.”

Conrad said in his resignation statement:

“Five years ago I made ill-judged comments during an on-air radio discussion for which I made a genuine and heartfelt apology. Last night I was honoured to be made the Conservative candidate for Broadland and had hoped to become the MP for a constituency which is close to my heart. However it has become clear to me that the media attention on my previous comments have become a distraction.”

Jess Phillips, the Labour MP for Birmingham Yardley, said:

“It’s best to keep your knickers on to avoid rape according to this dude. I find it’s best avoided by never coming in to contact with misogynistic men who have no understanding of consent.”

Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, also condemned the comments which Conrad had made, saying that they were “completely unacceptable”.

Clive Lewis, Norwich South Labour MP, Apologises for Inappropriate Comments

Clive Lewis, the Labour MP for Norwich South, has apologised after video footage appeared of him telling an individual “to get on your knees, bitch”. The Labour Party apologised for Lewis’s behaviour and said that “his behaviour was completely unacceptable and falls far short of the standard we expect”.

Harriet Harman, the former Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, said on Twitter:

“Inexplicable. Inexcusable. Dismayed”.

Jess Phillips, the Labour MP for Birmingham Yardley, said on Twitter:

“Just seen the Clive Lewis video. Obviously I am appalled, just listened to 7 teenage girls speak up about gender inequality. Perhaps I’ll bring them to work on Monday”.

Yvette Cooper, the former Shadow Home Secretary, said on Twitter:

“Agree w Jess. No excuse for saying this, whatever context”.

Stella Creasey, the Labour MP for Walthamstow said:

“Its not OK. Even if meant as joke, reinforces menace that men have the physical power to force compliance- time for”.

Chris Williamson Suggests Female-Only Train Carriages

Chris Williamson, the Labour MP for Derby North, has proposed the idea of train carriages only for women. The idea has though been rejected by a number of other Labour MPs and also by equality groups. Williamson said that “female only carriages is an idea worth exploring” although he said that he added that he wasn’t necessarily calling for them to be introduced, just for there to be a debate.

Jess Phillips, the Labour MP for Birmingham Yardley, posted on Twitter:

“My hot take on women’s only carriages. Absolutely terrible idea. It is essentially giving up on trying to prosecute assaults”.

The campaigning group End Violence Against Women said:

“What happens when a woman doesn’t opt to use a segregated carriage – is she somehow to blame if she is then attacked?”

A spokesman for ASLEF, the rail union, also rejected the idea and said that “every space on the train should be safe”.

Calls for Ken Livingstone to be Suspended from the Labour Party after Comments on Israel


Ken Livingstone, the former Mayor of London, has caused controversy by commenting on Naz Shah’s Twitter post and the ensuing outcry.

Livingstone said:

“I’ve never heard anybody say anything anti-Semitic, but there’s been a very well-orchestrated campaign by the Israel lobby to smear anybody who criticises Israeli policy as anti-Semitic”.

Jess Phillips, the Labour MP for Birmingham Yardley, said on Twitter following Livingstone’s comments:

“Ken Livingstone must be suspended from the Labour Party”.

Wes Streeting, the Labour MP for Ilford North, also called for Livingstone’s resignation, saying:

“Ken Livingstone has form on antisemitism and has been tolerated for far too long. He should be suspended immediately”.

Sadiq Khan, the Labour candidate for London Mayor, said:

“Ken Livingstone’s comments are appalling and inexcusable. There must be no place for this in our Party”.

Conor McGinn, the Labour MP for St. Helen’s North said:

“I’ve given Ken Livingstone a fool’s pardon in recent months. But his comments on anti-semitism are appalling. We can’t allow this to go on”.

Stella Creasey, the Labour MP for Walthamstow, said on Twitter:

“Not in my name #kenlivingstone – he should be suspended immediately without ecquivocation. Our #labourfamily has no place for such bigotry”.

Jeremy Corbyn’s office is yet to comment.

Birmingham Police Question Allegations Made by Jess Phillips


A senior police figure has questioned comments made by Jess Phillips, the Labour MP for Birmingham Yardley, on BBC’s Question Time regarding the New Year’s Eve attacks in Cologne.

The Cologne attacks involved up to one hundred suspects and there were three reports of rape and tens of reports of sexual harrassment. Women were allegedly surrounded by up to thirty or forty men and there were reports of theft of phones and money.

Phillips said on BBC’s Question Time that:

“A very similar situation to what happened in Cologne could be describing Broad Street in Birmingham every week”.

Andy Parsons, the Police Commander for Birmingham, said:

“There are numerous opportunities and points at which people could report such conduct. And I think that’s the important point – that we would urge people if they have been subjected to that to do so. The fact is we’re not seeing that come forward”.

Phillips has yet to provide evidence for the comments she made and she has also refused to apologise. A spokesman for David Cameron, the Prime Minister, rejected Phillips’s comments.

Labour MP Jess Phillips Says She Will Knife Corbyn in the Front

Jess Phillips, the Labour MP for Birmingham Yardley, has said that she “knife Jeremy Corbyn in the front rather than the back” if she thought he was damaging the party’s chances of electoral success.

Phillips was speaking in an interview with Owen Jones when she said she didn’t believe Labour would win a General Election if it were held today. She added:

“I would do anything that I felt was going to make the Labour party win the general election because if I don’t have that attitude then all I’m doing is colluding with the Tories”.

When asked about Corbyn’s electoral chances she said:

“I would do whatever I could to make Jeremy Corbyn more electable, but you’ve got to give me something to work with, mate”.

Jeremy Corbyn’s office refused to comment on the interview.