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Labour leadership frontrunner Rebecca Long-Bailey said she would like to rule party with 'iron fist'

Rebecca Long-Bailey is the odds-on favourite to succeed Jeremy Corbyn
Rebecca Long-Bailey is the odds-on favourite to succeed Jeremy Corbyn Credit:  Heathcliff O'Malley

The frontrunner in the race to replace Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader三级成人视频 once said she would like to rule the party with an “iron fist”, The Telegraph can reveal.

Rebecca Long-Bailey has the support of Jon Lansman, Momentum chief, and Len McCluskey, head of the Unite union, and is viewed as the hard-left “continuity Corbyn” option for Labour members.

In an interview with independent website the Salford Star before her election as an MP in 2015, Ms Long-Bailey said she had no control over other members when presented with criticism of her predecessors, Ian Stewart and Hazel Blears.

“I can't rule it with an iron fist, much as I'd love to,” she said.

三级成人视频“It's up to councillors and politicians to be accountable.”

Members have criticised the Labour leadership in recent months for attempting to centralise control over the party and remove decision-making from constituency branches.

In several seats, Labour HQ removed the candidate chosen by constituencies and ‘“parachuted” a more Corbyn-friendly Momentum hopeful.

三级成人视频In Bassetlaw, the candidate chosen by the local party, former journalist and campaigner Sally Gimson, was ousted by party bosses in favour of a Corbynista, in what the incumbent MP John Mann described as a “student union politics” coup.

Ms Long-Bailey has also been accused of lying about her background in her campaign material in an attempt to make herself appear more authentically working class.

S三级成人视频he has long claimed her politics were informed by watching her father's anxiety about losing his job at Salford docks, even though the dock had closed when she was just two years old, The Sunday Times reported.

三级成人视频A spokesman for Ms Long-Bailey said she: “like many others in the north, saw first-hand the devastation created by Thatcher's brutal economic regime,” but did not deny the claim was technically false.

In a campaign video released last month, she claimed to be “born to the sound of the roar of the Stretford end” of Old Trafford stadium.

 

M三级成人视频anchester United, who use the stadium, were playing 75 miles away on the day she was born, in Wolverhampton.

三级成人视频Although Ms Long-Bailey had long been expected to run for leader when Mr Corbyn stood down, she has now begun organising her team for a leadership race.

The shadow business secretary is thought to be running on a joint ticket with her friend Angela Rayner, the shadow education secretary, who will run for deputy leader.

Over the weekend it emerged Ms Long-Bailey had hired a “Stalinist” to work on her team.

Alex Halligan, a Momentum and Unite organiser in the North West of England, also worked on Mr Corbyn’s leadership campaign and was once pictured wearing a “goodnight, Trotskyite” badge, The Sunday Times reported.

The badge was a reference to the killing of Leon Trotsky on the orders of Joseph Stalin in 1940.

三级成人视频Winning the backing of Momentum will be key to her becoming the next leader, with bookmakers already offering odds of 9/4 for her victory.

She is thought to be the natural successor to Mr Corbyn, who is still popular with Momentum members.

The group, which is formally separate from the Labour Party but campaigns on its behalf, was the driving force behind a rise in the party’s membership and shift to the left under the so-called “Project Corbyn”.

三级成人视频Following the election, moderates blamed Jon Lansman, head of Momentum, for Labour's worst general election defeat in almost 100 years.

三级成人视频Former Home Secretary Alan Johnson told Mr Lansman on election night: “I want Momentum gone. Go back to your student politics and your little left wing.”

Mr Corbyn’s successor will be elected early next year.

三级成人视频Emily Thornberry and Sir Keir Starmer set out their stall to Labour members in interviews last week.

Lisa Nandy is expected to declare her candidacy, while Richard Burgon and Jess Phillips are thought to be considering bids.