Sir Keir Starmer is the only Labour leadership candidate from southern England as Lisa Nandy is MP for Wigan and Rebecca Long-Bailey is MP for Salford. Commentator, Carole Malone, hit out at Sir Keir and said he “doesn’t understand” working-class voters. She added the Labour Party would be “foolish” to elect him.
Speaking on the Jeremy Vine Show, Ms Malone said: “He’s a posh boy.
“Labour would be foolish to elect him.
“He doesn’t understand the lives of people behind the Red Wall.
“He doesn’t know what it’s like to be working class and the problems the working class have.”
The three remaining candidates had battled it out on a Channel 4 debate on Monday night.
They faced a crowd of former Labour voters in a tense debate.
One former supporter told them she felt like a “traitor” and unrepresented by the red party on Brexit.
The former Labour voter claimed to have turned to the Conservatives for the first time in her life at the December election as she did not feel supported by the Labour Party on her Brexit choice.
Visibly emotional, she told the three Labour leadership candidates during a Channel 4 debate: “I have been a life-long Labour supporter who sadly voted Conservatives this time because of Brexit.
“I did it with a very heavy heart because my dad was a miner for 50 years and a Labour councillor.
“I went to the ballot box, put the X on and said ‘sorry, dad’.
”So I want to know how you’re going to win me back.”
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As she teared up, she added: “It is emotional. It’s a very hard thing to do.
“You feel like a traitor to your mining community. I’m from Cannock in the West Midlands, so you just feel awful.
“But I was a Leave voter and I didn’t get from the Labour Party that you were going to support me.”
Nominations from MPs, party members and affiliates have now closed for the Labour leadership contest, and up next the ballot opens for wider party members – some 485,000 – to cast their vote.
Voting will close on April 2, and the new Labour Party leader will be announced on Saturday, April 4.
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