WriteYou's Labour Leadership Special

Today WriteYou has contributions from heavyweight supporters from the Jeremy Corbyn and Owen Smith camps in the Labour leadership election.

On Corbyn’s side:

Shadow health secretary Diane Abbott counters claims that Labour has a ‘misogyny problem’ by arguing that Corbyn has popular family policies. “Women support Jeremy because he has spoken out about how austerity, cuts in welfare and the underfunding of public services like the NHS disproportionately impact women and families.”

Shadow education secretary Angela Rayner says Corbyn can “do great things as leader” but utterly condemns the nature of the election. “I have found the leadership election deeply depressing and upsetting at times – some of the language and commentary, particularly on social media, has been absolutely appalling. We should condemn racism, anti-semitism and misogyny as having no place in our party.”

Manuel Cortes, general secretary of the Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association, believes the recent ‘train-gate’ saga was “further proof” that capitalists are aware of Corbyn’s appeal among the general public, suggesting the populace will “serve notice on their fat-cat, tax-exile, neoliberal ways”. 

On Smith’s side:

Former shadow chancellor Chris Leslie says voting against Corbyn is “not some neo-liberal’ conspiracy”. “When Labour MPs see a party leader take money from a pro-totalitarian Iranian TV station, venerate Venezuela as an example of best practice and refuse to defend the right of Falkland Islanders to self-determination, should we just shut up and toe the line? I think not.”

Rising Labour star Wes Streeting says “no one wants to see an SDP-style split” in the Labour Party. But he accepts that a middle ground is now inevitable to save Labour: “Some compromise will be needed to hold the Labour Party together, but compromise is an essential part of achieving power in a democracy and confronting difficult decisions in government.”


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