Sir Keir Starmer, Rebecca Long-Bailey and Lisa Nandy took part in the Channel 4 debate on Monday night, hosted by Krishnan Guru-Murthy. Topics of debate included antisemitism, transgender rights, and how to win back voters after the worst electoral defeat for the Labour Party since 1935.
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Some highlights from the debate
1. No-one really wanted to criticise Corbyn
Asked by an audience member if Labour will simply “try Corbynism again”, all candidates tried to deal with the question delicately.
Sir Keir said the outgoing leader was “vilified in the press”, and praised him for boosting the size of the party.
Ms Nandy struck the most critical tone, saying she laid the blame for the election defeat at the foot of the leader, saying voters did not believe Jeremy Corbyn was “for” them.
Mrs Long-Bailey avoided the issue altogether by claiming there was “no such thing as Corbynism”.
She said: “There’s our Labour values. If we believe in building more council homes, investing in our futures…that’s socialism, that’s not Corbynism.”
2. Sir Keir wouldn’t explain why he didn’t sign the trans rights pledge
Of the three candidates, Sir Keir was the only one not to have signed a pledge calling some organisations, such as Woman’s Place, “trans-exclusionist hate groups” and calling on Labour to expel “transphobic” members.
Sir Keir echoed his comments in the last TV debate, saying “trans rights are human rights” and points out he signed a separate pledge he felt more accurately reflected his position.
He said part of the problem with the debate on this issue is that it has been used as a “political football” and refused to be drawn further, saying he didn’t want to get to a place where the candidates were “attacking each other publicly”.
Ms Nandy explained her support for trans women being held in prisons designated for females, saying she backed that – but not holding people who are a risk to the safety of women in such areas.
She said she does not want the debate to become a “zero-sum game”.
Mrs Long-Bailey calls on people to recognise the “dehumanising” process many trans people face in transitioning.
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3. None of the candidates would decriminalise cannabis
In a quick-fire question round, they were asked if they’d decriminalise cannabis.
All three said no, but with slight disclaimers.
Mrs Long-Bailey said: “No, but I think we need to have a conversational nationally because the war on drugs isn’t working.”.
Sir Keir said: “I wouldn’t immediately”, while Ms Nandy said: “No, let’s have a proper review.”
4. Lisa Nandy would vote to abolish the monarchy
Ms Nandy said she’d vote to abolish the monarchy a view at odds with the other two candidates.
All three, however, agreed it wasn’t a priority for the country right now.
Asked if they would vote to scrap the monarchy in the quick-fire round, Ms Nandy said: “I’m a democrat, so I would vote to scrap it.
“But this is not the priority of the country.”
Sir Keir said: “No, I wouldn’t. I think I’d downsize it.”
And Mrs Long-Bailey replied: “I think we have got more important things to worry about.
“I wouldn’t vote to abolish the monarchy.”
5. None of them chose Corbyn or Blair as the greatest Labour leader of the last 50 years.
Asked who they thought the greatest Labour leader was of the past 50 years, Mrs Long-Bailey said Clement Attlee – his leadership was not within the last half-century and she declined to name another within the timeframe.
Sir Keir said Harold Wilson, and Ms Nandy said: “The greatest Labour leader that never was – Barbara Castle.”
Recent polling by Lord Ashcroft showed that, presented with the same question, Labour members go for Corbyn while ordinary voters opt for Blair.
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