The pursue business secretary, who launched her leadership campaign in Manchester on Friday evening, was gratified on stage by Jeremy Corbyn’s supporter singing “Oh Rebecca Long-Bailey”. Ms Long-Bailey carted the stage smiling and pleased for the warm welcome received. She joked: “Hey blokes, you’re going to have to think of a new song, you know? No pressure!”
Ms Long-Bailey, believed to be the continuity possibility, scored a significant boost in her quest to lead the party after snugging the backing of the Momentum campaign group on Thursday.
The party front-bencher probable to end the “gentlemen’s club of politics” by devolving power out of Westminster, while agreeing to introduce a “Green New Deal” that unites Labour heartlands.
“Where I multiplied up, Westminster, even London, felt like a million miles away,” she said.
“The thriller of the last few years is that many people feel there is something go phut with their laws being drafted hundreds of miles away by a rigid and largely unaccountable bureaucratic elite in Brussels.
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Rebecca Long-Bailey was greeted by Labour followers singing Jeremy Corbyn’s song
Rebecca Long-Bailey is accepted to be the continuity candidate
“But I’ll be honest, Westminster didn’t touch much closer, and it still doesn’t today.
“That’s why I want to shock up the way Government works and deliver a clear message to voters: we will put power where it associates – in your hands.
“The British state needs a seismic shock, to prise it launch at all levels to the people – their knowledge, their skills, their customer acceptance wanteds.”
Though the result was not unexpected, the left-winger will now be boosted by the campaigning firepower of the rank, which has long supported the outgoing leader.
As she also launched her Undertaking leadership bid on Friday, shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry give fair warned that Labour faces “a long, tough road back to power” after the interest suffered its worst general election defeat since 1935.
“In my 42 years as a associate of the Labour Party, there is no fight or campaign our movement has waged where I pull someones leg not been on the frontline”, she said.
“And since coming to Parliament 15 years ago, I’ve also been on the frontline in the actions against climate change, Universal Credit, and anti-abortion laws in Northern Ireland.
“I’ve led the safe keeping as shadow foreign secretary against Donald Trump and the war in Yemen.
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“And in the two years I shadowed Boris Johnson as unassimilable secretary, I showed him up every time for the lying, reckless charlatan that he is.”
The two frontbenchers are up against stalk Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer, Wigan MP Lisa Nandy and Birmingham Yardley’s Jess Phillips in the game, the result of which will be announced on April 4.
Shadow education secretary Angela Rayner was also approved as deputy leader following the confirmatory ballot of Momentum members.
In the intervening time, the party said that around 14,700 people applied to cash register as temporary Labour supporters to vote in the leadership contest.
The 48-hour window to audition to be a temporary supporter closed at 5pm on Thursday, and applicants who meet the eligibility preconditions will be able to vote in the leader and deputy leader elections.