Leadership hopeful told Ridge he still thinks second referendum policy was correct – and Labour should have said which way party would campaign in it
Labour leadership candidate Keir Starmer appeared on Sky’s Ridge programme yesterday.
In a remarkable segment of the interview, when Sophie Ridge asked him about Labour’s catastrophic loss of over fifty seats in leave-voting towns in December’s general election, Starmer responded that he still thinks that pushing for Labour to support a new referendum was the right thing to do – and added that he thought Labour should also have said which way it would campaign in the referendum:
There is no doubt about which way Starmer thinks the party should have said it would campaign, as Starmer was saying publicly last year that Labour was a ‘remain party’, even though Labour’s policy was nothing of the sort – and was pushing for remain to be a referendum option months before that.
The SKWAWKBOX went on record before the leadership to say that if the party wants to win back the leave seats it lost – its only route back to power – then no MP who pushed a new referendum can lead it.
That reality is only underlined by the denials of responsibility and rewriting of history currently underway.
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