A storm is brewing over the Labour leadership race

Keir Starmer Jeremy Corbyn and Storm Clouds
Steve Topple

Despite the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, the Labour Party leadership election is going ahead. But a growing number of people are calling for the party to suspend it. And they’re also saying outgoing leader Jeremy Corbyn should remain in the job.

Coronavirus: hitting the Labour leadership election

Voting is still open in the contest, which has been running since January. It’s nearing the finish line, with the ballot closing on 2 April. The party will announce the result on 4 April. Currently, shadow Brexit secretary Keir Starmer is the bookies’ favourite, followed by shadow business secretary Rebecca Long-Bailey.

But a growing number of people are starting to ask whether the contest should continue. Many believe that its makes sense to keep Corbyn where he is. As Rachael Swindon tweeted:

Writer and campaigner Chelley Ryan said:

A petition

The petition Ryan shared had just under 5,000 signatures as of 11:00am on Sunday 22 March. As it says:

It has become clear that the COVID-19 pandemic is a crisis unlike any this nation has confronted in at least a generation. It is a crisis that demands the full attention of the party’s membership, the labour movement, PLP and party bureaucracy.

The petition goes on to state that the leadership campaigns have “ground to a halt” because of coronavirus. And it says that “now is not the time” for a complete change in leadership and shadow cabinet. It calls on the party to:

work together to hold the government of Boris Johnson to account. We do not have the luxury of retreating into an inward-looking debate among ourselves. Over the coming months, we must work together, as a party, to fight for our communities.

‘Corbyn must stay’

So, people have started the hashtag #CorbynMustStay:

So far, Corbyn has shown measured and sensible leadership, coupled with effective opposition, during the pandemic.

Sense and sensibility

As The Canary previously reported, on 14 March Corbyn wrote to Boris Johnson. He was calling on the government to introduce various measures to lessen the impact of coronavirus. These include things like statutory sick pay from day one for workers and stopping appointments for Universal Credit. Lo and behold a few days later the government introduced both these things.

Moreover, Corbyn has been on-point at Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs). On 18 March he was at, what was in theory, his last one. And he said of the Tory government:

Generations to come will look back on this moment and they will judge us – judge us on the actions that we take now. Our response must be bold, and it must be decisive. The market cannot deliver what is needed. Only collective public action led by government can protect our people and our society.

And he made the important point that:

collective action must not allow… the burden to fall most on those who lack the resources to cope, as happened after the financial crash.

Then, on Saturday 21 March he wrote to Johnson again, this time over the government’s latest plans:

With just days left under his leadership, Corbyn is still pushing the government as hard as he can.

Working for us all

So far, his timely and considered words appear to have fallen on deaf government ears. But the fact that he delivered an eminently proportionate and egalitarian message, coupled with the party’s sensible response to coronavirus, shows why he should stay in place. People on social media are right. Given the catastrophic response of the Tory government up to this point, the country needs an opposition leader who will act in all our interests. And one who is experienced in holding the government to account. That person, right now, is Corbyn. Not Starmer, Long-Bailey or anyone else.

Featured image via Wikimedia, Good Morning Britain – YouTube and This Morning – YouTube

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      1. We cannot allow the Covid 19 health crisis to provide cover and an excuse for the Tories to get away with the Covert 2019 Rigged Election scandal. It is only by seeking justice to overturn the Covert 2019 Rigged Election that we can remove this rogue Government from office to replace the blundering incompetence that still puts so many British lives at grave risk.

        A progressive Government of the people led by Jeremy Corbyn would prioritize the genuine needs of the people and our precious environment. That radical change of priorities is what we all so desperately need in this time of crisis. Do not accept the “Boris Shit” lie about former Labour supporters “Borrowed Votes;” those votes were stolen! This is far too important for complacent denial and acceptance of the Covert 2019 Rigged Election; we cannot afford to just give up.

        The Electoral Commission is toothless: A Watchdog that cannot watch is just a dog! We need to Rescue our Watchdog as All Votes Must Count. Please read, sign, share and Link to this Petition: 2019 TORY LANDSLIDE VICTORY DEMANDS URGENT NATIONWIDE INVESTIGATION. https://tinyurl.com/w4u9dwm

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        Labour members need to put the leadership contest aside and focus on the number one essential priority, which is removing this rogue Tory Government from office before they inflict more pain and hardship on the British people. There will be no “levelling up” just another decade of austerity and “decimating down.” We absolutely must get these dangerously deranged Tories removed from office ASAP or we can passively wait for that “Herd Immunity” to “Slaughter the Sheeple!”

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