Left-wing favourite takes forthright comments that have Labour left on fire to new levels as he calls on left to continue fight
Labour deputy leader candidate Richard Burgon’s recent campaign appearances have ignited a previously pedestrian contest and have shown how a combative and forthright approach can fire up Labour’s left-wing majority.
And in his appearance at Liverpool’s famous Casa on Friday night, he raised his game – and supporters’ enthusiasm – to new levels, as he took on right-wing MPs of the PLP (parliamentary Labour party). Burgon attacked their attempts to depose Jeremy Corbyn, mocked their plots and eagerness to run to the hostile media and condemned their contempt for Labour’s leave-voting heartlands.
But Burgon has also called on the left to continue the fight and ensure that the battles of the last four years are not wasted:
The social media reaction to Burgon’s speech have made the impact of his new campaign approach very clear – what many are referring to as a ‘#BurgonSurge, especially in conjunction with an equally combative appearance on this morning’s Marr programme:
Burgon’s ability to galvanise support among the left by connecting with the party’s grassroots has shown itself to be exceptional. He has blown away both the membership and other candidates, in very different ways.
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