In yesterday’s generally lacklustre hustings of Labour leadership candidates in Liverpool, one of the memorable moments was Jess Phillips’ response to a question to the candidates “Why are you the person to beat Boris?”
In answer, Ms Phillips disparaged ‘intellectual argument’ and then told the audience:
We have got to do something different and something bold – and Boris Johnson would be terrified to face me.
She did not elaborate on what ‘different and bold’ would involve. The comment did not seem to inspire confidence in Labour members:
In 2015, right-winger Liz Kendall received the votes of just 4.5% of Labour members, affiliates and supporters. If Jess Phillips wants to avoid her fate, she needs to do much more and better than this.
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