Richard Burgon has officially announced that he is about to become deputy Labor leader.
Leeds East MP, a passionate socialist and close ally of Jeremy Corbin, announced earlier this month that he supported Rebecca Long Bailey’s leadership offer and was “considering becoming a deputy leader.”
Today, he tweeted that after discussions with MPs and Labor members he planned to run.
He tweeted: “After a break and discussions with MPs and party members, I announce that I am standing to be deputy Labor leader.”
He also shared a link to an article he wrote for the Tribune about why Labor was hit so hard in the recent general election.
Mr. Burgon was re-elected in the Leeds East elections on December 12 by a majority of 5531, but this was the worst result of labor since 1935, and Jeremy Corbin decided to resign as leader.
Tom Watson took the post of deputy leader in November, before the general election, and shadow chancellor John McDonnell decided to leave the shadow cabinet.
Speaking about PoliticsLive, Mr. Burgon said: “I’m thinking about running for deputy leader of the Labor Party, because I consider it important that we have one of the left in both the ballot and the deputy ballot from the Labor Party. ” I am the secretary of a socialist campaign group that supported and nominated Jeremy in the first leadership election.
“I think it is important that members have a choice both in the ballot and in the deputy ballot of people from all parts of the Labor political family.
“This is really important, because if we are going to put together our party, this is what we need.
“The Labor Party has always been a coalition of socialists, trade union activists and social democrats.”
Mr. Burgon also blamed the laborers’ destructive appearance on Brexit, not Mr. Corbin.
He said: “In 2017, with the same leader, the same shadow chancellor, the same shadow minister of the interior and a similar socialist manifesto, we launched an election campaign. We got three million extra votes and got extra seats. ”
“Fast forward two years later with the same leader, the same shadow chancellor, the same shadow Minister of the Interior, a similar socialist manifesto, we spent a terrible night and lost two and a half million votes.
“The difference between 2017 and 2019 is that they became the Brexit election. The Brexit issue has overshadowed traditional party loyalty. ”
He added: “I think the mistake the Labor Party made was underestimating how many people wanted Brexit to achieve, underestimating how high it was on their priority list.”
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