On Monday 13th January, Lisa Nandy who is a frontrunner for the Labour's leadership contest claimed that voters were frightened at the idea of voting for Labour under Jeremy Corbyn's leadership.
In a speech in Dagenham, the Wigan MP who entered the second round of leadership after securing 31 votes from the MPs and MEPs insisted she was “the brave, not the easy choice” for the job.
She further stated that the party under her leadership would remain radical but it would try to convince people that it would be careful with their money. According to her, Labour must replace its so-called red wall of once safe seats in the north, Midlands and Wales with a “red bridge” linking towns and cities. Following her campaign speech, she said the levels of investment promised under Corbyn in December’s general election were not the issue so much as voters’ fears about how competently any plans would be executed.
“We have to understand that for a lot of people, the problem that we caused in this election was not that they thought we were too radical, not that they didn’t support the things that we were putting forward.
“Some in Labour believed the party must “choose between working and middle class, leave and remain, north and south, young and old, towns and cities. But I do not accept this. For all of the radicalism and energy of our recent years, they are wrong to believe that this is a zero-sum game,” said Nandy.
According to her Labour did not have to choose “between our values and government. And investment is the absolute core of that. But we do also have to convince working people who do not have the resilience of great savings that we will be careful with their money.”
Now, she has declared her plans of setting up an “international commission” opposed to Scottish independence.She insisted of the need to build a "red bridge" connecting towns and cities across England, Scotland and Wales.
Recently Clive Lewis, quit the leadership race after failing to gain the necessary support, and argued that Labour should work more closely with other parties and embrace proportional representation. The Party is due to announce their leader in April.