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Labour Party leader campaign latest.
Voting begins by members (25/02/20) . More than 500,000 ballot papers are being sent out this week. Members will also be voting for Deputy Leader from Angela Rayner, Dawn Butler, Ian Murray , Dr Rosena Allin-Khan and Richard Burgon.
Sir Kier remains the bookies favourite , but Lisa Nandy (see pic) has fought a good campaign so far, arguing that the party needs to stop in-fighting . Long-Bailey is seen as the Corbyn candidate.
Starmer has also been reported as having been bankrolled by wealthy donors, according to the i newspaper and is the establishment favourite.
He is also reported to vow to scrap salary thresholds for migrants in the new points based immigration system, whilst Long-Bailey has previously said if elected she would offer Corbyn a job in the shadow cabinet.
Voting continues till April 2nd.
Long Bailey sticks to manifesto and update on the other Labour candiates. (18/02/20)
Long-Bailey said has would stick with the losing manifesto but admitted it confused voters. She viewed it as aspirational. She made the comments in a Channel 4 leaders debate.\in another debate in Glasgow , she says that she’d give Scotland a another independence referendum.
Lisa Nandy said that she would vote to scrap the monarchy, even though she would “quite like to see Queen Meghan at some point”.
Meanwhile Emily Thornberry has quit, due to not getting any unions to back her . This leaves only front runner Sir Kier Starmer and Lisa Nandy joining Long Bailey as candidates.
Starmer publishes while Long-Bailey apologises.(04/02/20)
Keir Starmer has published his thoughts on Labour Party reform today (04/02/20) in a bid to set out his stall as potential Labour leader.
Some polls put him ahead of the pack at the moment. In his document he comments on future relations with the Trade Unions
“Never forget that we are the party of the Labour movement. In the era of austerity, the relationship between Labour Unions and the Labour Party has never been more important. We must stand shoulder to shoulder with trade unions. As part of this, we should establish a review to explore how we can encourage more party members to become active in their trade unions and more trade unionists in the Labour party.”
Meanwhile the press reports that Long-Bailey, is trailing despite having backing from campaign group Momentum. She has been reported as making a gaff about a brain damaged constituent, calling him a “vegetable” rather than being in a vegetative state. She is planning to hold a series of events to drum up support for her leadership bid.
The other candidates are Lisa Nandy and Emily Thornberry .
The local Constituency Labour Party (CLP) and affiliates that have backed the candidates from the West Midlands are:
Rebecca Long-Bailey- CLPs -Birmingham Hodge Hill, Coventry North West, Warley, West Bromwich West
Lisa Nandy: CLPs -Wolverhampton North East
Keir Starmer: CLPs – Birmingham Erdington, Birmingham Edgbaston,Birmingham Ladywood, Birmingham Perry Barr
Emily Thornberry CLPs- No local CLPs have backed her bid.
In the Deputy Labour Leadership campaign Angela Rayner has the most CLP nominations.
However, the process isn’t over yet , with a result on April 4th.
Starmer wins the backing of a second Trade Union (21/01/20)
Unison’s Executive decided to back SIr Kier Starmer and he now has the backing of shop workers union USDAW. He is becoming the favourite to win , however he is still being challenged by Rebecca Long-Bailey amongst others.
Read the whole story here.
Corbyn vows reforms to Employment Rights (3/12/19)
Jeremy Corbyn attacked Amazon, Asda and Sports Direct as companies that are “bad bosses” which he’ll take on, if he wins the election.
Labour will extend workers rights and include a ban on zero hours contracts and a £10 minimum wage for all workers.
It says -ambulances were called to Amazon’s warehouse every two days last yer, employees of Sports Direct were promised permanent contract in exchange for sexual favours. Asda threatened to sack anyone not signing new contract which meant they were no longer paid for any breaks.
Corbyn said :” We’ll call time on insecure and unsafe work that leaves people without the rights and dignity they deserve. We’ll call time on discrimination in the workplace that leaves women vulnerable to harassment and unequal pay. And we’ll call time on the running down of workers rights to organise collectively to boost their pay and improve their working conditions”