Assessment of leadership pitches may worry Labour members
Sky News this morning discussed an article in the Murdoch Times by disgraced former Labour MP Denis MacShane, in which MacShane claimed that any candidate for the party’s leadership must ‘play to the hard left’.
The panellists and interviewer Adam Boulton concluded that the thrust of MacShane’s article was that any centrist hopeful would have to deceive the membership in order to win, comparing the situation with Tony Blair in the 1990s and his pretence of supporting the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and of anti-EU sentiment.
Columnist Iain Dale threw in the example of David Cameron pandering to his party’s eurosceptic right to win the leadership – concluding that while the electorate may consider it deceptive, ‘that’s good politics’ if it helps a candidate win.
And Dale went on to claim that ‘Keir Starmer clearly recognises that’ supposed need:
Starmer, like other candidates, has made a pitch that his leadership will not mean unravelling the policies of the Labour Party under Corbyn.
Keir Starmer was asked for comment on Sky’s assessment of his approach, but had not responded by the time of publication.
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