Burnham was quoted the other day as saying he'd only return to Westminster as leader of the Labour Party.Burnham is being teed up as the next leader, though clive lewis might step in on the left.
Burnham was quoted the other day as saying he'd only return to Westminster as leader of the Labour Party.
For now, he's quite happy being mayor of Greater Manchester where, judging by the results, he's more popular than the alternatives because he does it without overtly being a Labour mayor, just one that tries to do what's best for that area.
Dennis Skinner was a grade one tw4t. A one track political agenda [what about the miners?]
I was trying to remember the name of the Labour leader prior to Jeremy - I had to Google to be reminded it was Ed Milliband. Didn't exactly make his mark on British political history - apart from showing his lack of training in how to eat a bacon sarnie.
Is it worth putting a crafty 50p on his brother chucking his hat into the ring if there's another leadership contest? I always thought Milliband D was the more capable of the two - apart from photo shoots featuring bananas.
In Manchester he' s the biggest fish in a medium sized pond, and, in fairness, works with any party that improves things locally. There's minimal backstabbing from rivals, and that allows him to concentrate on building local coalitions to achieve desired outcomes.Curious: 'cos I've read it that the chancer has been long on the campaign trail, particularly during the earlier part of the Covid crisis.
Ed made his mark, alright - if he hadn’t arrsed around with the leadership election rules, Corbyn wouldn’t have got the job. They’d have had a more competent leader - probably someone like Cooper or the King of Greater Manchester (I’m measuring competence against Corbyn, Brugon, Abbott and McDonnell) - who might very well have won enough seats in 2017 to be able to form a coalition government.
While this is, of course, speculative there is reason to believe that the ‘I’m not voting for that **** Corbyn’ factor saved several Tory MPs in 2017. A Burnham or Cooper-led party might very well have flipped more Tory seats red, and had they got to 280 that (far from an impossibility), they’d have faced a PM looking at 299 seats of her own - well within striking distance. The key would’ve been the SNP - a promise of a 2nd EU Referendum followed by a 2nd IndyRef (with the caveat that if ‘no’ won that one, it’d be the last for two/three parliaments). The Lib Dems (12 seats) in coalition, with SNP confidence and supply (on the above basis), the guaranteed vote of Lefter than Left Lucas and bang! Labour PM....
Thus one can argue - tongue planted very firmly in cheek - that had Ed not muffed the leadership rules, we’d still be in the EU, Scottish independence would be a dead issue until 2030 and Mrs May would already be safe holder of the label of ‘worst PM in modern UK history’... By giving us Jeremy, albeit unwittingly, Ed changed British history. Or maybe not...
I think you'v e nailed the problem
If he thinks he can garner sufficient leadership support at Westminster, Burnham would be off like a jewes foreskin. Ego alone.Curious: 'cos I've read it that the chancer has been long on the campaign trail, particularly during the earlier part of the Covid crisis.
The Labour party is so fragmented that it now looks like parts of three jigsaw puzzles have been mixed up in the same box.
IMHO this is not good as we need a strong opposition to keep the Tories on track.
Southampton council has just switched to the Conservatives.Seems Angela was sacked as she choose the Hartlepool candidate, seems a an obvious error, she could of not made the decision on her own?
Any way Labour are cock-a-hoop over winning Cambridge & Peterborough and feel as they lose Northern Seats they will make up the shortfall with seats in the SE/SW where more educated socially aware voters live. Maybe Brighton, Bristol, Southampton and other urban large towns however a glance at an election map shows this is a pipe dream, the numbers just stack up.
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There is a very large number of "Independents" on that council. Growing up there the local Labour party used to say that an Independent was a Tory in sheeps clothing, and frankly they weren't wrong.
Labour loses council for first time in 100 yearsLabour has lost control of Durham council for the first time in a century.
The party lost 21 of its seats, while the Conservatives gained 14.
BBC Newsnight correspondent Lewis Goodall says this is a "totemic result" for Labour and points out that Durham was the first ever county council to be controlled by Labour, which it first won back in 1919.