Rebecca Long-Bailey: I can’t wait to see Keir Starmer in Number 10

Ms Long-Bailey said Sir Keir would be a 'brilliant' PM

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Defeated Labour leadership candidate Rebecca Long-Bailey has paid tribute to winner Sir Keir Starmer, saying he “will be a brilliant Prime Minister”.

The new leader of the opposition won 56.2 per cent of the vote, with election rivals Ms Long-Bailey receiving 27.6 per cent and Lisa Nandy 16.2 per cent.

Both candidates, who have been promised roles in the shadow cabinet, wished Sir Keir well online in reaction to the virtual announcement this morning.

Ms Long-Bailey wrote on Facebook: “I want to pay tribute to Keir and to Lisa and their respective teams, who each led fantastic campaigns.

“Keir Starmer will be a brilliant prime minister and I can’t wait to see him in Number 10.”

Ms Nandy tweeted: “Congratulations to Keir and his team. We have been competitors in this contest but never opponents and he will have my full support in the challenges that lie ahead.”

The Wigan MP added: “Our country is crying out for fresh leadership. We start today.”

Outgoing Jeremy Corbyn, who had backed Ms Long-Bailey, also congratulated Sir Keir online, saying on Twitter: "Being Labour Party leader is a great honour and responsibility."

Boris Johnson showed a similar sentiment to his new despatch box rival, saying all party leaders must continue to "work constructively together" in the fight against coronavirus.

 

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said he was “delighted” by the result and said he looks forward to “working closely” with Sir Keir and Angela Rayner, who has been elected as deputy.

Left-wing campaign group Momentum, which had backed Ms Long-Bailey in the contest, said it would “hold Keir to account and make sure he keeps his promises”.

Outgoing shadow chancellor John McDonnell congratulated the winners and candidates for leading their campaigns with “such comradeship & with such commitment”.

He tweeted: “Let us unite now as a movement to achieve our socialist aim.”

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