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  • REBECCA LONG-BAILEY MAKES HER PITCH FOR POWER, AND YES HER DOUBLE BARRELLED NAME 'IS' HYPHENATED

    The Labour Party

    The shadow foreign secretary and Salford MP officially launched her bid to become the leader of the opposition Labour Party this evening at a packed out Museum of Science & Industry in Manchester. And yes to our delight there was a buffet.

    Before taking to the stage herself, Rebecca was preceded by two newly elected MPs giving speeches in support as well as Salford City Mayor Paul Dennett  - who spoke of his pride at playing a small part in helping get his fellow party colleague elected to parliament back in 2015.

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    However, the warm up acts were not what people had come to see. They were very much there for the main event and like a seasoned boxer heading to the ring - Ms Long-Bailey appeared from behind the audience and walked the central isle towards the podium to rapturous applause and the now characteristic chants of 'Oh! Jeremy Corbyn' to the sound of the White Stripes 'Seven Nation Army' track. The only thing missing was a smoke machine and an announcer shouting 'Let's Get Ready To Rumble'.

    As the room quietened she began to speak:

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    "Where I grew up, Westminster, even London, felt like a million miles away.

    "The story of the last few years is that many people feel there is something wrong with their laws being drafted hundreds of miles away by a distant and largely unaccountable bureaucratic elite in Brussels.

    "But I'll be honest, Westminster didn't feel much closer, and it still doesn't today.

    "That's why I want to shake up the way Government works and deliver a clear message to voters - we will put power where it belongs - in YOUR hands.

    "The British state needs a seismic shock, to prise it open at all levels to the people - their knowledge, their skills, their demands."

     

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    "proper democracy" takes power away from the offshore bank account and places it on the ballot paper, so workers can have more and chief executives less, and we can tackle the climate crisis with a Green New Deal that unites all of Labour's heartlands".

    "We will end the gentlemen's club of politics and we will be setting out plans to go further by devolving power out of Westminster to a regional and local level."

     

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    As well as promising to devolve power to local government and regions she also said that if elected and became PM, she would seek to abolish and modernise the house of lords.

    A promise which was once more met by rapturous applause by the majority of those gathered. Pledging instead, an elected senate that would hold new democratic legitimacy.

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    "In my view, this should include holding the government to account on the impact of new legislation on our wealth, our well-being, and our environmental sustainability.

    "And we should look at ways to ensure it is representative, with a proportional voting system for elections with a voice for all regions and nations of the UK.

    "And it’s not just enough to expect democracy in our politics. We need democracy in our economy too."

     

    She then asked those gathered for questions to which one Trafford Councillor asked what she would do to stamp out antisemitism and racism within the party.

    Acknowledging the parties failures to tackle it in the past, she promised to ensure that both antisemitism and racism held no place within Labour in its future.

    It has to be said that there were still some doubters in the room, one lady we spoke to had travelled from Sheffield to attend and she told us that she was still undecided.

    Another who had spent 3 hours in traffic jams to get to the launch this evening said he was still hopeful of giving her his vote but that he still felt like he had unanswered questions as to how the party will respond to the devastating election results.

    He said:

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    "I am a socialist through and through, it is in my heart and pumps through my veins but things needs to change if we want to start picking up the pieces and winning again.

    "It is not enough to just be a replacement, Rebecca needs to be a leader and chart her own course, not continue to follow the one which sent the Party over the edge of the world."

     

    Another lady who came from Bolton and had brought her daughter with her said:

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    "My girl is fourteen, by the time she grows old enough to leave home, get a job and own her own home - I fear it will be impossible for her.

    "My husband works two jobs and I work also, it is still a huge struggle just to make ends meet.

    "This country needs change and the loses we took in December were heartbreaking to watch.

    "We need to learn from the mistakes of the past to ensure Labour has a future, for me Rebecca is that future and she has my vote."

     

    Another simply said:

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    "She's alright ar kid."

     

    We can only assume the pre-event 'Oasis' tracks had gone to his head.

    There were some notable absences that we thought we would mention though.

    Fellow Worsley and Eccles South MP Barbara Keeley was nowhere to be seen and from what we could gather nor was MP for Broughton and Blakeley Graham Stringer.

    However, there was a sizeable support from local councillors and the City Mayor was in her corner as ever.

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    After the speeches were over and Rebecca had given her final pitch to the public, she retired to the right of the stage whereupon she was quickly surrounded by photographers, journalists and party members.

    This fatty decided to skip it and go sniff out the freebie sausage rolls.

    Will she win? Well if anyone has a good chance of becoming Labours FIRST female PM it is Rebecca, she has a huge swathe of the party behind her and despite Keir Starmer being the favourite with the bookies it is the favourite with the wider party that counts, whether, Rebecca can translate that party loyalty and adoration into the same with the general public, well that is yet to see.

    From where Labour is right now it is going to be one hell of a climb before the sun starts shining again. 

    Photos: City Mayor Paul Dennet (Top) - Tony Flynns Tardis Interior (Middle) - Rebecca Mobbed-Bailey (Bottom)

    Main Photo: Rebecca Long-Bailey on stage

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