Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen 10.20am GMT I’m describing Clive Lewis as a Labour leadership candidate because he has confirmed that he wants to run, as has Emily Thornberry. Sir Keir Starmer and Rebecca Long-Bailey also seem all but certain to run. Other people who are seriously considering running, or who at least have not ruled it out, are: Lisa Nandy, Jess Phillips, Yvette Cooper, Ian Lavery, David Lammy and Dan Jarvis.But it is worth pointing out that, to be a candidate on the ballot paper, it is not enough for an MP just to declare that they are standing. They also need the support of 10% of Labour MPs (ie, 21 MPs). It used to be 15%, but the threshold was lowered after Jeremy Corbyn’s election as leader. Under the new rules, candidates also need the support of 5% of constituency Labour parties (CLPs) to be included on the ballot (that’s 33 of them), or 5% of the union/affiliates vote. Luke Akehurst has a more detailed guide to the new rules here, in an article for Politics.co.uk. 10.00am GMT Here are some more lines from what Clive Lewis, the shadow Treasury minister and Labour leadership contender, said in his Today programme interview this morning. (See 9.11am.)It is also about the fact that for the last 40 years in this country there has been a decline in those votes in those areas where we collapsed in the general election. And this is something that has been going on for 40 years, and that includes over the period of 1997 to 2010. So to understand what actually went wrong with this vote, you need to look back further than just 2015, or 2010. It is like trying to work out the causes of the second world war by going back no further than 1938. You have to go back to 1914, and possibly beyond. We have to work out why were we not able to connect to people in these heartlands, in the north, in the east Midlands? Why couldn’t we get our message across to them? Continue reading…
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Author : Andrew Sparrow
Publish date : 2019-12-30 10:20:15
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