‘I’m not a Blairite, Brownite or Corbynista’, says Eagle

The MP launched her Labour leadership bid in London this morning


Angela Eagle has launched her bid to become leader of the Labour Party at an event in central London, following weeks of speculation.

In a polished speech, Eagle said she would not take the step if she did not believe she had something to offer ‘to bring our party and our country back together’ or if she didn’t believe she would be a good prime minister.

She reinforced her belief that Jeremy Corbyn is unable to provide the leadership necessary in the aftermath of the EU referendum, and said that she ‘will not stand back and allow Britain to become a one-party Tory state’.

While she did not discuss any specific policy proposals, Eagle did try to set herself apart from her predecessors:

“I’m not a Blairite.  I’m not a Brownite.  I’m not a Corbynista.  I am my own woman. A strong Labour woman.”

The launch event was well attended by Labour MPs, and Eagle was introduced by former interim leader Harriet Harman.

However, critics have pointed to her lack of support within her consticuency party members, some of whom have threatened a vote of no confidence in the MP.

Additionally 128,000 people have joined the Labour since the EU referendum, many with the intention of voting for Corbyn.

Eagle has responded to this challenge by calling on voters who support her to join as well, and help her ‘change Labour for the better’.

The acrimonious leadership contest will be further inflamed by the Commons vote on Trident, which David Cameron has announced will take place on 18 July. Opposition to Trident is a key plank of Corbyn’s politics, while Eagle will vote for renewal.

Eagle’s event was somewhat overshadowed by Andrea Leadsom’s surprise announcement that she would be withdrawing from the Tory leadership contest.

For Labour, much will now depend on whether or not Prime Minister Theresa May chooses to call an election in the autumn.

Jon Trickett, Labour’s election co-ordinator, has said that he believes a snap general election is essential and will prepare the party for that outcome.

“It is crucial,  given the instability caused by the Brexit vote,  that the country has a democratically elected Prime Minister. I am now putting the whole of the party on a General Election footing. It is time for the Labour Party to unite and ensure the millions of people in the country left behind by the Tories’ failed economic policies, have the opportunity to elect a Labour government”.

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6 Responses to “‘I’m not a Blairite, Brownite or Corbynista’, says Eagle”

  1. CR

    For there to be a General Election in the Autumn would require either the co-operation of Labour MPs to get the required constitutional fudge through the House of Commons or for the Fixed Term Parliamemnt Act to be repealled. It ain’t going to happen.

  2. Distraught labour member

    Eagles betrayal of labours is a disaster for the party and the UK. Just when the Tories crown a right wing prime minister, brexit is ruining our country and a GE is likely Eagle and her backstabbing partners in crime push the self destruct button. For what? Against a leader who has won every election test, challenged the govt and brought 10’s of thousands of people to the centre left. This betrayal will never be forgiven. When labour finally heals the names of the coup organisers will be held in disgrace within the party for ever.

  3. James Kemp

    How many new memember voters does she think will stick around if she magically wins? My card will be back in the post, a lifetime Labour voter will never vote for this lie of a party. It’s the line she has been spouting ‘Im a real Labour person.’ NOPE your voting record say’s you have voted with the Tories 70% in the last 5 years, that is not a real Labour person that’s plastic Tory.

  4. s rossiter

    She’s her own woman. Well then, she should have her own Party, not hi jack Labour. Typical right wing Blairite who believes the Party is just a vehicle for her own ambition.

  5. Gerry Toner

    If Eagle is the new leader why does she not understand that war mongers and ‘we know better’ than the members types are never going to unite Labour. A dunce in dunce’s clothing.

  6. Robert Jones

    A “polished speech”? Well, you’re entitled to your view of course; many others have called it virtually content-free, even in the Guardian whose worn-out old hacks have virtually prayed for her to stand.

    In truth, I have no personal animus for Eagle, who has voted loyally for the flawed leadership line under Brown, Miliband, and the thumping disaster that was Harman (for whom my disgust is profound). But if Corbyn gets onto the ballot paper, she might as well pack it in now: I don’t want a second-hand leader whom the Tories will welcome at the dispatch box. She can’t win if Corbyn stands. She can’t lead the Labour Party, which will simply reject her, if his enemies manage to remove him. Yes, a leader needs the support of the PLP: but he or she also needs the support of the membership well beyond the PLP, and she must KNOW she hasn’t a hope in Hell of achieving the latter. Her move therefore makes no sense at all unless the PLP is determined to abandon the Labour Party and start SDP Mark II – and if anyone thinks THAT will represent left foot forward, they’re living a fantasy life from which intense psychological counselling will be required to remove them.

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