Good Morning. Today it seems relatively quiet in terms of government / Westminster policy, but the Labor leadership contest is warming up and overnight there were advances that drove two of the leading candidates.
- A survey of Labor members organized by the LabourList and Survation website suggests that Rebecca Long-Bailey is on track to win. How Sienna Rodgers He explains in his LabourList article:
If the election took place today, the survey results suggest that Long-Bailey would win 42% of the first preferences, while Starmer would receive 37%. Jess Phillips is far behind with 9%, Lisa Nandy with 7% and Emily Thornberry with only 1%.
Although Starmer receives most of the second preferences of all candidates in the race, they are not enough to eliminate the advantage of the first round of Long-Bailey, with Long-Bailey leading from 51% to 49% after taking into account the Second preferences
My colleague Kate Proctor You have more about this here.
- Lisa Nandy has been widely praised for her performance last night in her BBC interview with Andrew Neil. Facing an interview with Andrew Neil is the most difficult transmission challenge for any politician, and there is a broad consensus that Nandy handled it extremely well last night. In his London Playbook report for Politico Europe Jack blanchard It has a good summary of the reaction.
The reviews are in: And left-handed journalists and commentators are full of praise. “It went tremendously well,” wrote Peter Walker of The Guardian. “Direct, attractive and managed [Neil] brilliantly sets the standard for the other candidates. “Ailbhe Rea, of the new statesman, said Nandy was” bright … unperturbed, warm and totally above the detailed policy. “Ian Dunt, editor of Politics.co.uk, He called it “really impressive.” Paul Waugh of HuffPost said Nandy “handled Neil’s questions better than most politicians I’ve seen.” And in his sketch for Indy, Tom Peck considers her “bright, articulate, honest and tenacious … A serious person, who is running for serious work. “But, of course,” Peck adds grimly, “the party doesn’t want that”).
And it’s not just lefties: “I dare to say it, she is in charge of this,” Sun political editor Tom Newton Dunn wrote while watching the interview last night. Evening Standard deputy editor Charlotte Ross was equally impressed. “Nandy will have helped her cause,” viewer political editor James Forsyth said cautiously, while correctly pointing out that she was “visibly nervous” at first and that some arguments did not stand up to scrutiny. He adds: “We hope to see if favorites Keir Starmer and Rebecca Long-Bailey are confident enough to undergo the same treatment.” Hopefully so.
You can watch the 22-minute interview on YouTube here. And here it is The transcript
I will post more in the survey and interview later.
Here is the agenda of the day.
10.15am: Ian Murray launches his campaign for Labor’s deputy leadership in Edinburgh.
After 10.30 a.m. Jacob Rees-Mogg, the leader of the Commons, makes a statement from the Commons about next week’s affairs.
After 11.30 a.m. Julian Smith, the secretary of Northern Ireland, makes a statement in the Commons about the restoration of shared power in Belfast.
12.15pm: Phil Hogan, EU trade commissioner, is interviewed at a Global Counsel event by Peter Mandelson, the former EU trade commissioner.
At some point, Guy Verhofstadt, the main spokesman for the European Parliament’s Brexit, is having talks in London with Stephen Barclay, the secretary of Brexit, on the rights of EU citizens.
As usual, I will be covering the latest political news as it happens, as well as giving you the best reaction, comment and analysis on the web. I plan to publish a summary when finished.
You can read the latest Guardian policy articles here. Here is the Politico Europa summary of this morning’s political news. And here is the PoliticsHome list of the top 10 mandatory readings today.
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