Leadership contender’s claims at hustings scrutinised
Labour leadership hopeful Lisa Nandy used her role as former Shadow Energy Secretary to support her credentials to be a future leader, telling the audience that she had ‘seen off’ opposite number Amber Rudd.
Ms Nandy also said that the role had been ‘one of the privileges of my life’:
But did Ms Nandy ‘see off’ Amber Rudd as Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change? It seems a stretch: Rudd was promoted to the role of Home Secretary on 13 July 2016.
This was more than two weeks after Nandy had resigned from ‘one of the privileges of [her] life’ on 27 June 2016 – as part of the ‘chicken coup’ series of resignations aimed at toppling party leader Jeremy Corbyn.
When Corbyn declined to step down in spite of the resignations and a vote of no confidence by right-wing Labour MPs, Nandy then went on to co-chair Owen Smith’s ill-fated leadership challenge.
Lisa Nandy’s office was contacted for comment, but had not responded by the time of publication.
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