Labour insiders are working to persuade Labour front-benchers Ian Lavery and Dawn Butler to announce as a left ‘dream ticket’ in the coming elections for the party’s leadership/deputy leadership election that will start in the new year.
Ex-miner Lavery’s working-class background, his firmness in standing up for the wishes of his leave-voting constituents and his tough image are seen as the best antidote to Labour’s losses in leave-voting ‘heartland’ towns.
Ms Butler’s no-nonsense approach has made her a favourite among Labour supporters and she will appeal to London and remain voters. Key Labour activists and insiders have identified the pair as the ‘ticket’ most likely to appeal across the country and worry the Establishment.
Lavery was approached to stand in 2015 but declined. One senior insider told the SKWAWKBOX:
Ian didn’t stand in 2015 and he’s very reluctant now, but if he can be persuaded to change his mind there are enough MPs behind him to meet the nomination requirement. There was a lot of pressure in 2015, but now it’s becoming overwhelming.
Neither he nor Dawn take any s*** – and as a team their appeal would be just what the movement needs.
The SKWAWKBOX understands that Dawn Butler’s nominations would also see her easily over the threshold.
If the plan put together behind the scenes by key Labour figures comes to fruition, the party’s left majority would have a clear ‘ticket’ to swing behind – and one that would allow the party to build toward victory in 2024.
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