Labour’s Nandy says she would vote to scrap monarchy in a referendum

Carla Harmon
February 18, 2020

The leadership candidate explained her stance after she signed up to a campaign to battle women's rights groups which are believed to be "transphobic" and called for offending Labour members to be kicked out of the party.

At the midnight Friday deadline, the shadow foreign secretary had 31 nominations from local constituency parties - two short of the 33 needed.

Keir Starmer is the frontrunner in the main leadership race, having amassed the support of 374 local parties, as well as affiliated trade unions UNISON, Usdaw, SERA, Community, Musicians' Union and TSSA.

The Sun on Sunday said that when asked earlier this month if she would give Corbyn a job in government if she becomes prime minister, the Labour MP for Salford and Eccles replied: "I'd like to but I don't know whether he wants to do it because he said not".

Ms Nandy risked derailing her campaign after she admitted she wanted to abolish the monarchy.

Speaking to JesmondLocal, North Jesmond Labour councillor Stella Postlethwaite said: "I'm really pleased that Keir Starmer has secured the nomination of Newcastle East CLP".

Ms Thornberry had struggled for support throughout the contest.

Rebecca Long-Bailey came second with 164, and Lisa Nandy in third with 72.

Mr Corbyn has been a long term opponent of the institution of monarchy and answers to the question may be seen as a yardstick of how far a potential future leader wishes to disassociate themselves with the election-losing positions of the outgoing leader.

Although not all Labour Party members have to be a member of a CLP and all can vote independently, the figures suggest the party could be ready for a less divisive and softer centre-left leader.

Ms Long-Bailey, who is often dubbed the "continuity Corbyn" left-wing candidate, said: "I think we have got more important things to worry about". Voting closes on 2 April, with the result announced two days later.

She was criticised last month when she rated Corbyn's leadership as "10 out of 10" despite the party's disastrous general election showing in December.

Emily Thornberry has been knocked out of Labour's leadership race after failing to secure the number of nominations required to get through to the final stage of the process.

Dawn Butler finished with 82, Richard Burgon with 77, Ian Murray with 60 and Rosena Allin-Khan with 52.

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