The image that tells you all you need to know about the Labour leadership candidates

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Labour MPs Rebecca Long-Bailey, Emily Thornberry, Lisa Nandy, and Keir Starmer are all hoping to become the next leader of their party. But how strong have their records been in recent years? And how loyal have they been to the party’s efforts under outgoing leader Jeremy Corbyn? For the answer to those questions, look no further. Because The Canary has created an image that should tell you all you need to know about the leadership candidates.

Compare and contrast

To create the image, we compiled information on:

Table of leadership candidates' records
Note: Rebecca Long-Bailey = R.L.B., Emily Thornberry = E.T., Lisa Nandy = L.T., and Keir Starmer = K.S.

As their respective voting records show (see R.L.B., E.T., L.N., K.S.), all candidates have backed public ownership of UK railways while voting against cutting corporation tax and welfare benefits. Long-Bailey has the strongest record regarding support for increasing taxes on banks, while both Nandy and Thornberry have voted against several such measures. All candidates, meanwhile, have good climate records, having voted consistently for measures seeking to tackle the climate crisis (although Nandy and Thornberry have a mixed record). They all have mixed records on the controversial process of fracking, having previously voted against increasing regulation of the practice.

What about the deputy leadership candidates?

While we were at it, we also created an image using information about the records of deputy leadership candidates Richard Burgon, Dawn Butler, Angela Rayner, Rosena Allin-Khan, and Ian Murray.

Table of deputy leadership candidates' records
*Angela Rayner couldn’t vote as she was abroad, so she “paired with a Conservative MP”, but she reportedly spoke out publicly against the bill.

Hopefully, these images will give Labour members and supporters a good idea of what the candidates are all about.

Featured image via Wikimedia – Chris McAndrew (1, 2, 3, 4)

By Ed Sykes

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