Tough-nut ex-miner has experienced poverty, understands solidarity, can carry a crowd – and takes no s***
The prospect of Ian Lavery as a candidate in the Labour leadership contest – he has said he is ‘seriously considering’ a bid – has the Labour right and their allies in the media scurrying.
The right is attacking Lavery’s accent, his background, his family, his history as president of the National Union of Mineworkers – and anything else they can think of – and he hasn’t even announced he’ll stand yet.
If you’re wondering why the right is so worried, watch this short video for a good idea of it:
In just a couple of short segments, it’s clear that Lavery:
- is genuinely working-class
- knows personally what poverty is like
- understands solidarity and has an impeccable track record
- can express himself
- can speak in public and carry a crowd
- is a fighter
- will take no s***
If Jeremy Corbyn’s supporters had any issue with the Labour leader, it was that they would have liked more ruthlessness from him at times. They would need to have no such concerns about Lavery – yet it’s clear that the big northerner’s heart is just as big as the leader he has backed impeccably from day one.
Lavery also has a track record for confronting Boris Johnson – and Johnson’s usual tactics to try to dominate a conversation made the Tory look like a spoiled child by comparison:
A tough-nut, working-class ex-miner who’s lost none of his fire and knows how to communicate it. And Labour supporters appear to believe by a ratio of three to one that Lavery – who consistently stood up for the leave vote of his constituents and warned the party of the consequences of not doing the same – is best placed to win back the leave towns Labour lost last month.
If any MP in the frame for the leadership frightens the right inside and outside the Labour Party, it’s Lavery – and with good reason.
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