Thursday 19 December 2019


Wrong-Bailey is now the frontrunner

We're a long way off the actual leadership election, but several potential candidates are already jockeying for position.  Keir Starmer has long been the bookies' favourite to succeed Corbyn, but no more.  The continuity Corbyn candidate looks set to be Rebecca Long-Bailey and while the hard left has been soundly defeated, she does tick some positive boxes.  Like Starmer she is also a legal professional, but crucially she is from the north of England and also a woman.  Starmer's London establishment credentials are likely to go against him and as the only male contender imagine the feminist outcry if he were to win!  Most bookies have him at around 5/2 second favourite, but drifting.  

Speaking of London establishment, the only declared candidate so far is Lady Nugee aka Emily Thornberry.  As one commentator suggested yesterday, Labour should be looking a little further afield for their next leader than Isington South.  The bookies agree and despite declaring first, Labour's biggest snob is trailing Lisa Nandy, Jess MeMeMe Phillips and Yvette Cooper.

Latest odds (Ladbrokes)

Rebecca Long-Bailey 7/4
Keir Starmer 5/2
Lisa Nandy 7/2
Jess Phillips 11/1
Yvette Cooper 14/1
Emily Thornberry 18/1