Gulf in class and capability across despatch box raises deputy leadership prospects
Shadow Business and Environment Secretary Rebecca Long-Bailey deputised for Jeremy Corbyn at the Dispatch Box during today’s Prime Minister’s Questions, facing off against Tory David Lidington who stood in for Theresa May.
Lidington started with a lame joke and then had to endure fifteen or so minutes of dismantling by Long-Bailey as she took apart his attempts at answers and made his performance look like the tired old politics that it is.
Ms Long-Bailey maintained the momentum of her PMQs win with a tweeted video along similar lines shortly afterward:
Salford and Eccles MP Bailey has long been talked about as a prospective replacement for the disastrous Tom Watson and her performance today has amplified that conversation among Labour insiders.
That she would trounce Watson in a ballot of members and affiliates cannot realistically be questioned, as long as she could collect the fifty or so nominations among MPs and MEPs that she would need to force a contest.
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