Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Labour needs a real choice - Burnham v Cooper is not that

Reports today that both Andy Burnham and Yvette Cooper have the backing of over 100 MPs are rather concerning for ordinary Labour Party members. The members need to have a choice, and that should include MPs with no link to the previous government. Burnham v Cooper does not provide that.

Unite also need to think about their approach. They wield significant influence but are at risk of overplaying their hand. Having a party leader that does their bidding is short-sighted. They can have full influence over a party leader that will never be Prime Minister, or some but limited influence with the party of a future Prime Minister.

100% of nothing is still nothing, after all.

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