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%

Jeremy Corbyn Rejects Calls from Conservative and Labour MPs to Suspend Naz Shah over Hate Posts

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Jeremy Corbyn, the Leader of the Opposition, has rejected calls for Naz Shah, the Labour MP for Bradford West, over hate posts which she made.

David Cameron, the Prime Minister, said:

“The fact that, frankly, we have a Labour Member of Parliament, with the Labour whip, who made remarks about the transportation of Israel to America, and talked about a ‘solution,’ and is still in receipt of the Labour whip is quite extraordinary”.

Lisa Nandy, a member of Labour’s Shadow Cabinet, said:

“I made clear my view to the leader’s office that we should suspend anybody who makes anti-Semitic remarks, in line with our policy, and investigate.┬áIt is right that we look at the circumstances around what has happened. But I think our policy is absolutely clear that we suspend people and then investigate.

There is a real problem for the Labour Party if we don’t look like we are taking these things seriously. But this is not just about the impact on the Labour Party, there is also the question here about what is the right thing to do”.

Jeremy Corbyn has refused to suspend Shah but said:

“What Naz Shah did was offensive and unacceptable. I have spoken to her and made this clear. These are historic social media posts made before she was a member of parliament. Naz has issued a fulsome apology. She does not hold these views and accepts she was completely wrong to have made these posts”.

Owen Jones, the left-wing commentator and journalist, also backed calls for Shah to go. He said on Twitter:

“John McDonnell was right to swiftly force Naz Shah’s resignation – but now the party has to suspend her”.