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Who should be Labour leader?

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HillyMillylunchmunch Sat 24-Nov-18 13:51:25

Massively simplistic question I accept, but I was a huge fan of Corbyn in the beginning, I still am a fan of many of his policy views in general - ie socialism is good (told you this was simplistic grin), but he's really got the whiff about him of a man out of his depth, in the wrong job, slowly dragging his party to demise

Given we may well have a general election in the next year or two, and we definitely will in the next 4 years, who would be a Labour leader that you could get behind?

I guess this question is directed at Labour voters and swing voters, probably not much at Tories who will never vote anything other than Tory

I don't have any strong contenders myself to start the list off with I'm afraid, but I promise I am a normal person and not some kind of bot / Labour party researcher.

I'm interested in seeing who more knowledgeable people might champion.

Posted in Brexit as I'm a very frustrated and unhappy remainder who is worried about the face that there is no decent opposition when one is desperately needed in the current situation

Avegemitesandwich Sat 24-Nov-18 13:52:29

They desperately need David Milliband to come back and sort them out.

UAEMum Sat 24-Nov-18 13:52:45

Yvette Cooper

GoldenPomBearBadge Sat 24-Nov-18 13:53:49

Keir Starmer? Maybe? They were my party but I left.

SillyPsychicAcid Sat 24-Nov-18 13:58:45

Keir Starmer. I get the feeling most of the front bench know that, know the party would unite behind him. But that he just needs more parliamentary and front line experience before he can take it on.

Plus, they do not want power just know. Torres have to fail and be seen to fail. No shoving shit not of their own making.

So my hope is:

Vote of no confidence.
New election.
No overall control but Tories biggest party by slender margin.
Corbyn stands down.
Starmer is elected leader. Provides effective opposition.
Vote of no confidence.
New election.

HillyMillylunchmunch Sat 24-Nov-18 14:09:10

Interestimg wishlist acid

Where does Brexit fit into that time line?

My wishlist is (no idea about the order) :

Brexit gets called off by Tories who finally admit that it's all a ridiculous plan which can only fail.

Boris et al admit they've been putting personal glory / career ambitions above the good of the country but now is the time to fall on their swords. They'd get a lot of respect from some people for admitting this (including from me) but thankfully the scorn would be so much greater and they'd be consigned to the dustbin of history

UKIP spontaneously combust

During all this Labour change leader to an intelligent charismatic person who has decent common sense semi socialist views. Someone with the pros and public persona of eg Ruth Davidson / Nicole Sturgeon but without being a Tory / separatist (is that the right word for someone who wants Scotland to leave the UK? Apologies if not)

GE called and Labour win by a convincing margin, roll back lots of the damage of the last 10 years of austerity etc, and unicorns for everyone.

Everyone needs a dream right?

*Labour leader doesn't have to be female, but it would be nice if it was. That isn't the most important characteristic for me. However a charismatic and engaging public persona, whilst not very important from a policy making point of view, feels like essential for getting the votes. It's a lot to ask of one person really sad

AgentProvocateur Sat 24-Nov-18 14:13:13

Kier Starmer or David Milliband are the only ones I could ever bring myself to vote for.

BonnieF Sat 24-Nov-18 14:14:06

Cooper or Starmer.

I voted for Yvette in the 2015 leadership election because I agreed with her views and I have always thought that having a working mum as leader would be ideal for Labour.

Cattenberg Sat 24-Nov-18 14:29:35

I think Dan Jarvis could win an election for Labour. He's a respected ex-military man who would appeal to certain voters who float between Labour and UKIP. He wants to defend the NHS from an "ideological free market agenda" and is a member of the Labour Friends of Israel.

He's also a family man who chose not to stand for leadership in 2015 so he could put his family first (sadly, his first wife died in 2010). If he's ever able to stand, I think he could be just what Labour need.

TokyoSushi Sat 24-Nov-18 14:38:31

Keir Starmer

Abra1de Sat 24-Nov-18 14:44:22

I’m a Tory but i quite like Keir S, Hilary Benn, Estelle M.

jenthelibrarian Sat 24-Nov-18 14:45:17

Chuffed to see all the Keir Starmer & Yvette fans.
Currently not in party membership after entire lifetime due to lack of leadership on Brexit :-(

WiseUpJanetWeiss Sat 24-Nov-18 16:05:25

Former Labour voter here, currently politically homeless while Labour is being feeble on Brexit, antisemitism and misogyny.

Personally, I’d like Yvette Cooper. Kier Starmer has a better chance of uniting the party, but I think Cooper may have better public appeal than Starmer. I’d also be delighted if David Milliband came back.

theboxofdelights Sat 24-Nov-18 16:13:46

Dan Jarvis or David Milliband for me.

HollowTalk Sat 24-Nov-18 16:16:09

Another one for Yvette Cooper (I bet she is a Mumsnetter) or David Milliband (he's probably lurking here, too grin)

HollowTalk Sat 24-Nov-18 16:16:37

It would be disastrous if Corbyn got in. Labour wouldn't get in for decades if he had four years as PM.

HollowTalk Sat 24-Nov-18 16:16:56

And I've always voted Labour.

E20mom Sat 24-Nov-18 16:25:29

Pretty much anyone other than Corbyn.

DeloresJaneUmbridge Sat 24-Nov-18 16:26:48

Keir Starmer.

Kezzie200 Sat 24-Nov-18 16:54:07

Keir Starmer.

Assuming David Milliband is done with Politics.

MrsTerryPratcett Sat 24-Nov-18 17:38:06

John Smith. sad I genuinely feel that British politics would look completely different had he lived.

Failing that, wouldn't it be nice if they could catch up with the Tories and field a woman?

Failing that, anyone but Corbyn.

HollowTalk Sat 24-Nov-18 17:41:38

I think having a woman just for the sake of it isn't good - Thatcher and May aren't great examples, in my opinion. I do think Yvette Cooper would be better than Corbyn, though. Mind you...

HollowTalk Sat 24-Nov-18 17:41:52

Sorry, I meant to say anyone would be.

MrsTerryPratcett Sat 24-Nov-18 17:46:52

Having a woman for the sake of it isn't good. Making it to 2018 without ever having found a female leader implies they are having men for the sake of it.

bellinisurge Sat 24-Nov-18 17:47:39

Yvette Cooper.

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