REBECCA LONG BAILEY TAKES SECOND PLACE AS SIR KEIR STARMER WINS LABOURS LEADERSHIP BATTLE IN THE FIRST ROUND
Salford MP, Rebecca Long Bailey, has lost in the first round of the leadership contest to Keir Starmer who polled 56.2 percent of the vote in the first round, powering him through to become Labour's new leader.
Starmer secured over half of the votes which put him well ahead of Ms Long Bailey who managed 27 percent to put her in second place ahead of Lisa Nandy who came in third with 16.2 percent of the votes cast.
The announcement was delayed due to the Labour Parties website crashing at the time of the vote as members logged on to find out who the next leader would be.
The three month battle which has been mired by the corona-virus outbreak has now come to an end and the party has a new leader to take it forward, signalling a swing to a more centre ground for the party compared to previous years of more left wing policies under it's former leader Jeremy Corbyn. Sir Keir was tipped from the start as an early front runner to take the top job.
In a statement he told party members it was the honour and privilege of his my life:Quote
"It's a huge responsibility and whether we voted for this Government or not, we all rely on it to get this right. That's why in the national interest the Labour Party will play its full part.
"Under my leadership we will engage constructively with the Government, not opposition for opposition's sake. Not scoring party political points or making impossible demands. But with the courage to support where that's the right thing to do.
"But we will test the arguments that are put forward. We will shine a torch on critical issues and where we see mistakes or faltering government or things not happening as quickly as they should we'll challenge that and call that out."
Ms Long Bailey made a statement on social media to thank her supporters and call upon Labour to unite behind it's new leader:Quote
"To those who supported our campaign, and who voted for me to be Labour's first woman leader, thank you for putting your faith in me and for your support.
"We didn't get the result we wanted, but I'm proud of the campaign we ran, and the conversation we drove on public ownership, public investment, trade union and employment rights, a mass programme of council house building, a national care service, a universal basic income and a national education service.
"Just as it is collective institutions that will see us through the corona-virus crisis, these policies must be the building blocks of society that guarantees everyone security and a right to realise their aspirations in the future.
"I want to pay tribute to Keir and Lisa and their respective campaign teams, who each led fantastic campaigns.
"Keir Starmer will be a brilliant prime minister and I can't wait to see him in number 10.
"I will do all I can to make that a reality, and to ensure the Labour Party gets into government with a trans-formative agenda at the next election.
"We live in extraordinary and uncertain times and its is now up t all of us to support Keir the best we can."
The party also gained a new deputy leader in the form of Angela Rayner who managed to win the position in the third round of voting, picking up 52.6 percent of the vote, enough to win her the position of Labours second in command.
Speaking on Twitter, Ms Rayner said:Quote
"Thank you from the bottom of my heart, I promise I will do everything to repay your trust!.
"I know we face a long and difficult time ahead but it's our responsibility to offer the better future the citizens of our country deserve."
Edited by KARL