Working-class MP holding Starmer to account appeals to members and bookies notice
Northern Labour MP Jon Trickett has surged into the lead as bookies’ favourite left MP to be the next party leader after a week of interventions on behalf of members and democracy.
The Hemsworth MP ‘took the gloves off’ last week when he hammered Keir Starmer’s dictatorial approach, abuse of members and lack of vision, followed it up a day later with an attack on Starmer’s weak opposition and embrace of austerity – and then on Thursday sarcastically blasted Starmer’s ‘strategic genius’ and listed the current party leader’s blunders and failings of the last few weeks.
Trickett now stands at 28/1 to be the next Labour leader:
Trickett is ahead of:
- John McDonnell and Ian Lavery on 100/1
- Richard Burgon at 50/1 and
- Clive Lewis at 33/1
The bookmakers have probably also noticed that Trickett’s pointed comments have attracted the support of senior Unite officer and potential next leader of the union Howard Beckett on more than one occasion. Beckett praised Trickett’s first intervention as ‘superb‘ and has quoted the working-class MP on several occasions in his own broadsides at Starmer’s dire performance and decisions.
Note: this article originally said that Trickett was the ‘bookies favourite’, which should have read that he was the favourite among left MPs. The article was amended 1 March 2021.
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