Published: Tue, February 18, 2020

Labour Leadership Candidate Confusion: Abolish The Monarchy, but Make Meghan Markle Queen

Labour Leadership Candidate Confusion: Abolish The Monarchy, but Make Meghan Markle Queen

Emily Thornberry has been knocked out the Labour leadership contest after failing to secure the required number of nominations from local parties.

During an election campaign visit to Tyneside on Friday, Starmer said the reason the Labour Party had lost the general election was due to a lack of trust.

Long-Bailey is now battling it out to be the next Labour leader with shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer and Wigan MP Lisa Nandy.

All three had already qualified with the support of unions and affiliate groups.

Ms Nandy risked derailing her campaign after she admitted she wanted to abolish the monarchy. Nandy quickly replied that "I'm a democrat" and consequently she would vote to get rid of the Queen, but appeared to quickly regret her honest answer when both other candidates said they would vote to retain the institution.

And half of those who backed Mr Corbyn in the 2016 run-off against Owen Smith are also supporting the shadow Brexit secretary.

Sir Keir said: "No, I wouldn't".

Labour MP for York Central, Rachel Maskell, one of the MPs to nominate Ms Thornberry, told the today programme it had been a "strange contest" which had "polarized support".

Ms Long-Bailey, the shadow business secretary, has praised the outgoing leader despite the massive election failure, rating his tenure as 10/10 and suggesting he could have a place in her shadow cabinet.

Keir Stammer, who is regarded as the favourite, said he would keep the monarchy, but wants to see it downsized, while another contender for the post Rebecca Long-Bailey said she would not abolish the monarchy.

Members and supporters will begin voting from Friday, February 21, with the next Labour leader set to be announced on Saturday, April 4.

Sir Keir is the frontrunner in the competition, having secured the vast majority of local party nominations- 374 out of the 641.

The race to be the next leader of the Labour party has prompted a difference in opinion in Norwich's two constituency parties over their pick to succeed Jeremy Corbyn.

The challengers were also asked to name their favourite Labour leader from the last 50 years.

All five candidates who put themselves forward made the ballot: shadow education secretary Angela Rayner, shadow justice secretary Richard Burgon, shadow equalities minister Dawn Butler, Scotland's only remaining Labour MP Ian Murray and Tooting MP Rosena Allin-Khan.

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