Labour leadership hopeful Lisa Nandy blasts party Remainers for failing to talk up Britain’s ‘place in the world’ because they are too focused on the EU and ‘mobile phone roaming charges’
- The Wigan MP, 40, will use a speech in London today to attack party’s EU focus
- She will accuse pro-EU MPs of paying ‘lip service’ to internationalist history
- Remain referendum campaign had ‘no story about our place in the world’
Labour leadership hopeful Lisa Nandy will take aim at party Remainers today for failing to stand up for Britain as she sets out to woo disaffected party members in former northern heartlands.
The Wigan MP, 40, will use a speech in London to criticise the pro-Brexit wing of the party for paying ‘lip service’ to the party’s internationalist history by being too focused on the EU.
In what will be seen as a swipe at Remain-supporting challengers for the leadership including Sir Keir Starmer and Emily Thornberry she said that the campaign to stay in the EU failed to talk up the nation.
She will say: ‘For Labour, internationalism has become just about being in the EU.
‘We’ve paid lip service to our proud internationalist history but without ever explaining what that meant for the future.
‘One of the problems with the referendum was that there was no story about our place in the world.
‘They said we were a small nation with a proud history of punching above our weight.
‘We said, we’ll cut your mobile phone roaming charges.’
The Wigan MP, 40, will use a speech in London to criticise the pro-Brexit wing of the party for paying ‘lip service’ to the party’s internationalist history by being too focused on the EU
In what will be seen as a swipe at Remain-supporting challengers for the leadership including Sir Keir Starmer (left) and Emily Thornberry (right) she said that the campaign to stay in the EU failed to talk up the nation
Ms Nandy voted for Remain in 2016, but represents a Leave-supporting seat. She has been prominent in warning that efforts to stall or reverse Brexit was costing Labour support in seats like hers.
Rebecca Long-Bailey trolled by Lisa Nandy supporter who set up website to poach supporters
Rebecca Long-Bailey is being trolled by a supporter of leadership rival Lisa Nandy who registered a website to draw supporters to her own campaign.
People visiting rebeccalongbaileyforleader.com are redirected to Ms Nandy’s website lisanandy.org automatically.
Ms Nandy’s team insist that they are not behind the manoeuvre.
Analysis of the website data shows it was registered in Colorado, United States, on December 17 last year.
This was after Jeremy Cornyn had announced he would quit as Labour leader but before Ms Long-Bailey announced her run for the post.
Her views appeared to be vindicated in December’s election when a swathe of seats across the Midlands and North, many of which had backed Labour since they were formed, fell to the Conservatives.
The Labour leadership campaign has entered its next stage when the 48-hour window opened for the public to become registered supporters to cast their votes in the elections.
Applications opened at 5pm on Tuesday for non-members to sign up to become registered supporters to elect successors to leader Jeremy Corbyn and deputy Tom Watson.
That window to pay £25 to join members in having the chance to elect the new leadership closes at 5pm on Thursday.
Criteria include not having supported another political organisation in the last two years.
Sir Keir, Rebecca Long-Bailey, Ms Nandy, Jess Phillips and Ms Thornberry are all through to the next stage of the battle to lead the party.
They all secured enough nominations from fellow MPs and MEPs ahead of Monday’s deadline.
Now they must win the nominations of 33 local constituency parties or three Labour affiliates, including at least two trade unions, to enter the final postal ballot.
The race for Mr Corbyn’s successor was triggered when he announced his intention to stand down after leading the party to its worst general election result since 1935.
Rosena Allin-Khan, Richard Burgon, Dawn Butler, Angela Rayner and Ian Murray successfully made it to the next stage in the race to become deputy.
Hustings for the new leadership begin in Liverpool, with events planned each weekend in cities including Durham, Bristol, Cardiff, Nottingham, Glasgow and London.
There will also be hustings in the West Midlands and Bedford.