have put your trust in me, and that you have put your trust in us. And I, and we, will never take your support for granted.” With a majority of 80, mr Johnson’s Brexit deal sailed through the Commons and the lords, gaining royal assent and becoming law on January 23. A week later, Britain left the European Union. The prime minister’s huge gamble had paid off. rather than oversteer and go back to some bygone age”. While mr Starmer may certainly be closer to the centre than some of his opponents, and certainly less of a Corbynite, his vision is by no means centrist. ms long-Bailey, on the other hand, is widely seen as the Corbyn continuity candidate. Popularly described as John mcDonnell’s protégé, she has long been positioned to take over the helm after mr Corbyn’s departure. Her continuity status was cemented in early January, when she described mr Corbyn’s leadership as “10 out of 10”, a bold claim after the party’s worst election result since 1935. ms long-Bailey described the need for the party to become an “insurgent force” which will “go to war with the political establishment”. ms Thornberry, the shadow foreign secretary under mr Corbyn and rank outsider in the contest, with some bookmakers offering odds of 100/1 on her becoming the next leader, has criticised labour’s election manifesto for being unrealistic. ms nandy, the mP for Wigan, has grounded her election campaign on the need to win back labour’s heartlands. Alongside a strong commitment to environmental action, her campaign has focused on empowering regional communities: writing in The Guardian
on course for a significant majority. As the night progressed, seat after seat, from Stoke north to Blyth Valley, went blue for the first time in living memory. “We broke the deadlock, we ended the gridlock, we smashed the roadblock,” said an ebullient mr Johnson. “I have a message to all those who voted for us yesterday, especially those who voted for us one-nation Conservatives for the first time … I am humbled that you
new leader, new labour?
mr Corbyn announced he would not lead labour into the next election
For labour, a great deal of soul searching was in order. So too was a leadership contest. By January 21, four candidates had received the required backing from mPs and constituency labour parties: ms nandy, ms long-Bailey, ms Thornberry and mr Starmer. mr Starmer outlined his vision of “moral socialism” in his announcement article. Despite being widely viewed as a more moderate option, he stressed his socialist credentials and argued that “a radical labour government is needed now more than ever”. mr Starmer laid out three key priorities: “economic justice, social justice and climate justice”. Indeed, while commenting on Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership, he praised him for reintroducing “radicalism”, something he says labour must “build on …