Leadership hopeful demonstrates why no MP who pushed remain can take Labour on the road back to power
Yardley MP Jess Phillips, who hopes to become the next leader of the Labour Party, told the BBC’s Andrew Marr this morning that she will ‘fight’ to take the UK back into the EU if she believes the country will be better off:
As the SKWAWKBOX wrote last night, there is no road back to power that does not involve Labour retaking the leave towns it lost last month – and no MP who pushed remain, whether from the left or right of the party, can lead Labour along that road.
The millions of leavers who voted Labour in 2017 turned their back on the party because of the perception of die-hard remain MPs disrespecting leavers’ votes and opinions. They will not forget that disrespect, even after Brexit is completed.
Ms Phillips’ continued attachment to remain – or eventually ‘return’ – demonstrates why no MP who pushed the so-called “people’s vote” or ‘stop Brexit’ campaigns is going to persuade those voters that Labour has learned its lesson and will treat them and their votes with respect.
Because such MPs have not learned – even though we’re not yet a month from seeing the consequences of that damaging stance.
Keir Starmer’s launch video, which refers glowingly to his attempts to prevent ‘Tory Brexit’ – and Jess Phillips’ interview this morning – both show how deeply ingrained the problem is.
Labour members must elect a leader who stood up for the votes of his or her constituents even when it was not easy to do so. If the party hopes to return to power for the sake of the millions suffering poverty and misery under the Tories, there is no alternative.
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