Election results: Labour battle lines are drawn as members battle over party’s ideology in leadership hustings – General Election 2015 – UK Politics – The Independent

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Simmering resentment and recrimination over Labour’s worst election defeat in nearly 30 years burst into the open as the contenders vying to succeed Ed Miliband turned on each other at the first hustings of the contest.

Source: Election results: Labour battle lines are drawn as members battle over party’s ideology in leadership hustings – General Election 2015 – UK Politics – The Independent

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8 Thoughts to “Election results: Labour battle lines are drawn as members battle over party’s ideology in leadership hustings – General Election 2015 – UK Politics – The Independent”

  1. bookmanwales

    It’s more like a kiddies playground argument than a leadership debate.
    Given that these same people ( one assumes ) had input into the election campaign then why was the election campaign so dismal. How it becomes a sexist issue ( Stephanie Jobs indeed) I will never fathom.

    Labour backing a EU referendum now is pretty much a waste of time , it’;s a done and dusted deal and will look like they are just jumping on the bandwagon and very late at that.

    “New Labour” destroyed the Labour party support base and it will take a lot more than agreeing with the Tories to make them an acceptable alternative again, people vote Labour because they don’t want Tory that much is obvious.

    If they have the same elitist leadership going into the next referendum and mount no serious opposition (whether with the SNP or not) over the next 5 years then we may as well kiss them all goodbye and start looking for a new party to support.

    1. Mike Sivier

      I agree that New Labour destroyed the party’s support base. Some people seem to believe that more of the same is necessary to revive it.
      How strange!
      Can’t they see that more neoliberalism will destroy the grassroots Labour Party – and its support base – altogether?

  2. As Before – And Herein lies the problem….everyone wants what affects them; We need a Leader who can inspire potential voters to consider others and and who can design Policies that meet the NEEDS of the UK!

  3. Based on the article ‘Andy Burnham’

  4. Steve Grant

    I like Yevette Cooper personally and will vote for her as a Labour Party member.However,it doesn’t really matter which one is elected because they will go through the same old knock about of the school playground of pointless politics.We need to push towards new way of running our country that embraces everyone not the greedy or the leeches that tends to infect every country in the world.In the next 5 years the old Labour Party should re invent politics not continue in the useless knockabout of left versus right.If we refuse to embrace this chance of a new way of running our country then we as a country will end up as a one party state for good.

    1. Mike Sivier

      We could use a leader in the Abraham Lincoln mould – his cabinet included people who were directly opposed to his point of view but he drew on them just as much as on his supporters, in order to make his government more well-rounded.

  5. NMac

    Once a leader is elected, whoever he/she is, the Party must get behind them and back them. If not we are for a generation of Nasty Party governments.

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