Shadow Business Secretary and Salford & Eccles MP - Rebecca Long Bailey has appeared to distance herself from the parties confusing stance on a second referendum as she disclosed to the BBC 4 Today programme that she privately argued against her parties push for a second Brexit referendum - a move which many see as one of the main reasons for Labours pummelling and devastating losses in the recent 2019 General Election.
She even went on to say that she had also been critical of Labours position on antisemitism at the time, adding that there was distance between herself and current party leader Jeremy Corbyn.
The only 'true socialist' candidate so far standing for leadership told listeners of the BBC 4 flagship Today programme that Labour had not been trusted on Brexit during the election.
Something she says was evident when knocking on voters doors during her campaigning in Salford. She went on to add that the parties message in the media was confusing to voters:
“When I knocked on a Remain voter’s door they thought we were a Leave party. When I knocked on a Leave voter’s door they thought we were a Remain party.
“We were losing trust with our communities who voted Leave because they were very clear they wanted the Brexit issue resolved as quickly as possible.”
"We weren’t trusted on Brexit, we weren’t trusted as a party to tackle the crisis of antisemitism, we weren’t trusted on our policies.
"No matter how radical or detailed they were, they simply didn’t hit the ground running in many of our communities."
Ms Long Bailey said Labour had spent an inordinate amount of time on parliamentary manoeuvring which meant "we took our eye off the ball"
Long Bailey told the host that she had been privately vocal over the parties confusing direction on Brexit, adding:
“I was very focused on making the point we were trying to get a good deal, I think that should have been a very strong message on everything that we said.”
Some however, have been keen to pour scorn on her claims by pointing out the times that Rebecca has seemingly given her full backing to a second referendum, only in October she declared her backing for Labours plan for a second referendum after apparently 'Going on a Journey'.
Rebecca formally announced her intention to take part in the leadership contest yesterday via the Tribune Mag website, the reaction on our social media sites was mixed to say the least.
Edited by KARL