Lisa Nandy Enters Labour Leadership Race To Replace Jeremy Corbyn

Wigan MP Lisa Nandy has announced she will stand to replace Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader.

Nandy, who represents a Leave constituency and had criticised calls for a second referendum on Britain’s EU membership, made the revelation in a letter to Friday’s Wigan Post – her local paper.

She wrote: “Without what were once our Labour heartlands, we will never win power in Westminster and help to build the country we know we can be.

BRIGHTON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 29: Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Lisa Nandy speaks to delegates during a session entitled "Living Standards and Sustainability" during the third day of the Labour Party Autumn Conference on September 29, 2015 in Brighton, England. The four day annual Labour Party Conference takes place in Brighton and is expected to attract thousands of delegates with keynote speeches from influential politicians and over 500 fringe events. (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)© Getty Images BRIGHTON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 29: Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Lisa Nandy speaks to delegates during a session entitled “Living Standards and Sustainability” during the third day of the Labour Party Autumn Conference on September 29, 2015 in Brighton, England. The four day annual Labour Party Conference takes place in Brighton and is expected to attract thousands of delegates with keynote speeches from influential politicians and over 500 fringe events. (Photo by Ben Pruchnie/Getty Images)

“I have heard you loud and clear when you said to earn that trust means we need a leader who is proud to be from those communities, has skin in the game and is prepared to go out, listen and bring Labour home to you.”

Nandy, who has been an MP since 2010 and co-founded the Centre for Towns think tank, joins Sir Keir Starmer and Jess Phillips – who also announced her candidacy on Friday– on the ballot paper.

Lisa Nandy who is smiling and looking at the camera: Lisa Nandy, MP for Wigan, during the Labour Party annual conference at the Brighton Centre last year© EMPICS Entertainment Lisa Nandy, MP for Wigan, during the Labour Party annual conference at the Brighton Centre last year

Rebecca Long Bailey, seen as the favourite of Corbyn supporters, has been knocked into second place among the party as a whole by Starmer, according to a YouGov poll, but has yet to formally launch her own campaign.

Nandy is seen as the outsider, with just 5% of those polled backing her.

Delivering Brexit, she said in her pitch, should not mean “turning our backs on decency, tolerance, kindness”.

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 29: (L to R) Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour Party, Lisa Nandy, Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, and Dame Vivienne Westwood attend The People's March for Climate, Justice and Jobs ahead of COP21 on November 29, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)© Getty Images LONDON, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 29: (L to R) Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour Party, Lisa Nandy, Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, and Dame Vivienne Westwood attend The People’s March for Climate, Justice and Jobs ahead of COP21 on November 29, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)

“It breaks my heart that in this election so many of you felt you had no choice but to vote for a Tory party that has sent a wrecking ball through our community over the last decade,” she wrote.

Speaking to HuffPost UK in August, Nandy urged the party to reconnect with voters outside the Westminster bubble – and to compromise.

“What matters the most, actually, is that we build a settlement that works for people, and we build settlement that lasts,” she said.

© Getty Images British Shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Lisa Nandy addresses delegates on the third day of the annual Labour Party Conference in Brighton, south east England, on September 29, 2015. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP via Getty Images)

“Clement Attlee is often seen in my party is the best prime minister we ever had. But how did he build that settlement that outlasted him and several governments after him, and completely reshaped the way that Britain works?

“Well, I can tell you, honestly, he didn’t build it by holding rallies and talking to himself. He didn’t build it by doing interviews with Daily Telegraph of the Times, or even the Guardian.

“He built it by going out and reaching out to people who absolutely did not agree with him, and trying to work out what sort of consensus was possible.”

Nandy held her seat with a reduced, but comfortable, majority of 6,728 votes in December’s election. It had been more than 16,000.

The Brexit Party won nearly 6,000 of Wigan’s votes. Some 63% voted to Leave in 2016.

Shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry has also said she will run to replace Corbyn, while Ian Lavery, the party chair, is “considering” it.

Source: Huffingtonpost.co.uk

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