fogn.png
Friday September 25th, 2020 10:28PM

5 contenders vie to lead UK Labour back from election defeat

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s opposition Labour Party said Monday that five lawmakers will contend to lead the party as it tries to rebuild support and regain power after last month's electoral drubbing.

Labour is choosing a new leader to replace Jeremy Corbyn, who is stepping down after the left-of-center party suffered its worst election result in almost a century.

The party said Rebecca Long-Bailey, Lisa Nandy, Jess Phillips, Keir Starmer and Emily Thornberry had all met the threshold of securing nominations from at least 22 Labour lawmakers and would advance to the next stage of the contest. A sixth contender, Clive Lewis, dropped out after failing to get enough backers.

Labour is one of Britain’s two dominant political parties, but hasn’t won a national election since Tony Blair's third consecutive victory in 2005. Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservatives won 365 of the 650 House of Commons seats in the Dec. 12 election, while Labour took 203, its worst total since 1935.

The party is enmeshed in a blame game for the defeat, with some members accusing the socialist Corbyn of veering too far to the left and making lavish spending promises that voters regarded as unrealistic.

Labour is also agonizing over its Brexit stance -- which tried unsuccessfully to satisfy voters who wanted to leave the European Union and those who wished to remain -- and continuing claims of anti-Semitism in party ranks.

All five contenders are calculating how far to distance themselves from Corbyn, whose left-wing approach retains strong support among rank-and-file Labour members, many of whom have joined the party since he was elected leader.

Starmer, the party’s Brexit spokesman, received by far the most backing among Labour lawmakers, with 89 nominating him. The next-highest total was 33 for Long-Bailey, a Corbyn protégé and the party’s business spokeswoman.

But Starmer, a relative centrist, may struggle to win over party members wary of a return to the middle-of-the-road “new Labour” of the Blair era.

Some of the five candidates could be eliminated if they can’t win the required backing from local Labour associations and trade unions. Those who make the cut will be put to a postal vote of the party’s half-million members and registered supporters between Feb. 21 and April 2. The party’s new leader will be announced on April 4.

___

Follow AP’s full coverage of Brexit and British politics at https://www.apnews.com/Brexit

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP World News, AP Business
© Copyright 2020 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
French summit aims to boost counterterror fight in W. Africa
French and West African heads of states paid tribute to French soldiers killed in Mali
1:00PM ( 4 minutes ago )
5 contenders vie to lead UK Labour back from election defeat
Britain’s opposition Labour Party says five lawmakers will contend to lead the party as it tries to rebuild support and regain power after last month's electoral drubbing
12:59PM ( 4 minutes ago )
Anger in Iran over jet's downing; gunfire disperses protests
Popular anger is swelling in Iran over the accidental shootdown of a Ukrainian jetliner and the government's attempt to conceal its role in the tragedy
12:43PM ( 20 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
Queen agrees to let Harry, Meghan move part-time to Canada
Queen Elizabeth II has agreed to grant Prince Harry and and his wife Meghan their wish for a more independent life, allowing them to move part-time to Canada while remaining firmly in the House of Windsor
12:29PM ( 34 minutes ago )
William, Harry issue statement amid UK royal family rift
Queen Elizabeth II says she has agreed to grant Prince Harry and Meghan their wish for a more independent life that will see them move part-time to Canada
12:07PM ( 56 minutes ago )
Fugitive Catalan leader Puigdemont becomes EU legislator
Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont has taken his seat as a member of the European Parliament despite facing an arrest warrant against him in Spain
11:37AM ( 1 hour ago )
AP World News
Despite differences, Spain's leftists try coalition politics
Spain's first coalition government in the four decades since the return of democracy took shape Monday as 22 Cabinet ministers took their oaths of office
11:31AM ( 1 hour ago )
High anxiety: Proposed US hemp rules worry industry
Hemp was ushered in as a federally legal agricultural crop under the groundbreaking 2018 Farm Bill
10:57AM ( 2 hours ago )
AP Business
French summit aims to boost counterterror fight in W. Africa
French and West African heads of states paid tribute to French soldiers killed in Mali
1:00PM ( 4 minutes ago )
Anger in Iran over jet's downing; gunfire disperses protests
Popular anger is swelling in Iran over the accidental shootdown of a Ukrainian jetliner and the government's attempt to conceal its role in the tragedy
12:43PM ( 20 minutes ago )
Impeachment? Iran? Early state voters more swayed by basics
Voters remain concerned about health care, higher wages, student debt and climate change even with an impeachment trial looming and rising tensions with Iran
12:43PM ( 21 minutes ago )
Queen's summit: Key questions on Prince Harry's future
Where will they get their money? Will they still have royal protection? Will Prince Harry and his wife Meghan still be known as “his royal highness” and “her royal highness”? Will Meghan be free to make big money endorsement deals? These are some of the key questions to be hashed out at an extraordinary family summit convened Monday by Queen Elizabeth II
12:40PM ( 23 minutes ago )
Malta's new leader takes office amid demands for truth
Malta's new prime minister has been sworn into office, replacing the beleaguered premier who bowed to public protests for accountability in the probe of an anti-corruption journalist's murder
12:37PM ( 26 minutes ago )