Labour Party members on Monday began casting their votes to select the next leader of the Labour Party among the remaining candidates – Sir Keir Starmer, Rebecca Long-Bailey and Lisa Nandy. All three candidates are hoping to take over the leadership of the party after Jeremy Corbyn announced his resignation after his abysmal performance at the December election. But despite their pledge to bring change within Labour and secure a path back into Government, LBC caller James said their vows had his “hands buried into his hair” as he predicted none of the candidates will bring Labour into Number 10.
Caller James said: “The party will be saved by whoever comes next after these three.
“Whoever it is out of these three, unfortunately, will have the council election to deal with, the Wales and Scottish election to deal with and when that’s finishes, whoever is in place, will then be shown they can’t deal with the job.
“They are not going to lead the Labour Party into the promised land, none of these three will bring Labour back into Government at all.”
The Merthyr Tydfil caller insisted the “woke” agenda all three candidates have embraced will not be enough to win back former Labour voters in the northern heartlands who turned to the Conservatives in December.
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He continued: “I’ve listened and watched the Channel 4 leaders debate and had my hands buried in my hair.
“And then you listen to the senior Labour politicians now coming onto the Kay Burley Show, tearing the immigration policy apart and then, when she asks them a question which is supposed to be part of their brief, that freedom of movement can still continue if you’re not part of the European Union, like Norway, you had Diane Abbott disagreeing with that.
“We look at these people and we go, ‘for God’s sake, if your shadow Home Secretary doesn’t know the brief, how are you expected to lead this nation? It’s beggars belief.”
He added: “And their identity politics, their woke attitude is not bringing off the majority. You will never, ever get into power with what you’re saying now.”
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In a sign that party members have had their fill of Corbynism, a new analysis of the voting intentions of Constituency Labour Parties (CLPs) shows more than half of those which backed Mr Corbyn in 2015 transferred their support to the centre-left candidate, Sir Keir Starmer this time around.
According to the MailOnline, analysis of CLP endorsements by the @CLPNominations account shows that 87 which endorsed Mr Corbyn in 2015 have backed Sir Keir in 2020, compared to 51 for Ms Long Bailey.
During that leadership election, Mr Corbyn won a huge 153 CLP endorsements on his way to securing the party leadership.
Voting for the new leader is to open Monday afternoon and will continue until April 2, with the new Labour Party leader set to be revealed at a special conference on April 4.
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All three candidates have confirmed they will offer the losing leadership contestants a spot in the Shadow Cabinet.
Sir Keir has been cut into 1-8 from 1-5 by bookmaker Coral to be the next Labour leader.
Ms Long-Bailey is the second-favourite at 7-1 while Lisa Nandy trails at 16-1.
Coral’s John Hill said: “Keir Starmer is streets ahead of his two rivals in the Labour leadership race, according to the latest betting following the candidates’ live debate as he is now the long odds-on favourite.
“If Starmer did not go on to be voted as the next Labour leader, it would be one of the biggest upsets in political betting history.”
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