Rebecca Long-Bailey warns Labour against backing an “establishment” candidate like Keir Starmer, in her clearest attack yet against the frontrunner to replace Jeremy Corbyn as party leader.
Long-Bailey tells Business Insider that Boris Johnson will beat Labour again if the party makes the mistake of thinking “you [can just] put on a nice suit and be a bit suave and think that’s a route into Downing Street.”
She also criticised Corbyn’s campaign for telling voters that their “lives are terrible” while failing to offer enough to aspirational voters.
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The Labour party will lose the next general election if it elects an “establishment” leader like Keir Starmer, the Shadow Business Secretary Rebecca Long-Bailey has told Business Insider, in her strongest attack yet on the frontrunner to replace Jeremy Corbyn.
In a clear reference to Starmer, who is currently leading the race to become the UK’s official opposition party leader, leadership candidate Long-Bailey said that Labour risks making the mistake of thinking “you [can just] put on a nice suit and be a bit suave and think that’s a route into Downing Street.”
Long-Bailey warned that Boris Johnson’s Conservative party would punish the party again at the polls if it picked someone associated with the “establishment” like Starmer.
“The Conservatives want to paint us as the establishment party and we need an anti-establishment candidate — someone from a ‘red wall’ seat who understands why we lost and the feelings on the ground,” she said.
“You just can’t put on a nice suit and be a bit suave and thinks that’s a route into Downing Street.”
“The Conservatives will love that if that’s what choose to do as a party because they’ll paint us as the establishment that’s failing our communities.”
In a speech in Salford, northwest England on Friday, Long-Bailey did praise the Shadow Brexit Secretary for his “rigorous and detailed” scrutiny of the Conservative government’s Brexit plans.
However, she suggested that his determination to make Labour support a second Brexit referendum had alienated voters.
“We didn’t win the election — and that was partly to do with Brexit and partly because too many voters thought we looked like just another bunch of politicians in Westminster,” she said.
Long-Bailey, who is Starmer’s closest rival in the contest to succeed Jeremy Corbyn, said the other candidates in the race were failing to provide the “answers” Labour needs after suffering a crushing election defeat in December.
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Source:: Business Insider