Andy Burnham launches leadership bid

13th May, 2015 6:04 pm

Andy Burnham

Andy Burnham has become the third MP to confirm he will run for leadership of the party. With Liz Kendall and Chuka Umunna having already made their intentions clear, the Shadow Health Secretary becomes the first MP elected before 2010 to openly put his name forward. He is also the only candidate so far to have held a government position, having been Health Secretary, Chief Secretary to the Treasury and Secretary for Culture, Media and Sport under Gordon Brown.

Burnham has announced his decision with a video published this evening in which he sends a clear message, saying “I can unite this country. And that’s why I am standing to be leader of the Labour Party”. You can watch the full video here:

The timetable for the leadership contest was confirmed today, with the new leader being announced on September 12th.

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  • tiredoflosing

    Then Tories will just spend the next 5 years saying “Mid Staffs” to him, and as he has proven over the last three years he hasn’t the intellect or the wit to cope with that.

    • EnosBurrows

      The Tories will attack *any* Labour leader.

      • Matthew Blott

        Sure but some are a bit more bulletproof than others. A guy who presided over the introduction of privatisation of the NHS and then criticises his successor for doing the same has a real credibility problem.

        • Brumanuensis

          Burnham was Health Secretary for 11 months and was bound by Cabinet collective responsibility. It’s a bit of an overstatement to attribute 12 years of ‘New’ Labour policy to him.

          • Matthew Blott

            Fair point but he was the man in charge for long enough. If he felt so strongly about it why did he take the post and continue the policy? A side point, it reflects poorly on Miliband’s judgement he thought it a good idea to give Burnham the health brief when he was so exposed to charges of hypocrisy.

          • Brumanuensis

            “If he felt so strongly about it why did he take the post and continue the policy?”

            Maybe he thought he could implement in a better way, or with fewer compromises the NHS’ ethos? I don’t think there’s much evidence of Burnham being a hypocrite. You can disagree with a policy, but try and make the best of it whilst it’s your responsibility to implement it. Equally, Burnham didn’t initiate many of the changes he’s being tied to. That was Milburn for the most part.

          • Doug Smith

            Burnham, while not carrying as much responsibility for NHS privatisation as Blair and Brown, did place the NHS within the international health care market with his NHS Global.

            Now that the New Labour dream has gone sour it’s easy to see why Burnham wants to move on but, to my knowledge, he has never satisfactorily explained his volte-face and if he is to avoid a charge of opportunism he must do so.

          • BillFrancisOConnor

            You’d oppose anyone standing to be leader of the Labour Party. You hate Labour.

          • Redshift1

            To be fair, he’s been clear on a number of occasions that he himself and us as a party went too far in our use of the private sector in the NHS.

          • Dave Postles

            Sorry, we no longer refer to fair; it must be about aspiration.

          • Brumanuensis

            NHS Global is rather different from domestic privatisation of services. Nothing wrong with using international practice to cross-subsidise the domestic health service.

          • Dave Postles

            He tried to make the NHS the preferential provider to mitigate Milburn’s any qualified provider.

        • Dave Postles

          Privatization was introduced by Milburn.

        • Boy Charioteer

          Which ones are more bulletproof?

      • NT86

        Yes, but it won’t work if a Labour leader is so effective and formidable. They attacked Tony Blair but were completely outclassed. Of course that was during the Tories’ worst period in the last 30 years or so.

    • AtilaTheHen

      which is why he’d be the best choice.

    • Matthew Blott

      That’s my issue with him.

    • sophos

      This, and being a well established Westminster politician with ties to Blair and Brown governments, are his real weaknesses. The latter’s somewhat offset by having a distinctly non-London accent (something we desperately need), but hard to see him getting passed the former.

    • Brumanuensis

      Mid-Staffs hasn’t got much charge anymore, in an electoral sense, and attempts to tie it to Burnham never really got off the ground. I’ve never once seen it brought up as a negative against by members of the public.

    • NT86

      Hit.Nail.Head.

      I like Andy Burnham but sadly he’s too tainted by that scandal. He could win back northern support and possibly (again possibly) *some* Scottish seats back but will struggle in the south.

      • BillFrancisOConnor

        Do we have any seats in the south outside London?

  • swatnan

    wondering if those eyelashes are false?

    • Matthew Blott

      That’s original.

      • swatnan

        … I was going to add ; ‘…. as are his credentials?’ but that’s not being fair .Having voted for Andy in 2010, I now have my doubts, and will be supporting Chuka.

        • Jake Acton

          You have your doubts on Andy, and will instead support a upper class snob who believes normal people are trash?

          I’m in complete awe.

          • vincethur

            A genuine question , when did chuka call people trash .? I have to say , at work (which is highly unionised workplace) and so do take a bit of notice on things like this, I’ve had six people talk about the leadership election and 5 of them have said chuka would be the best choice (two didn’t even know his name but described him). None of them are labour members but I know for a fact they’re all labour voters.
            I have to say I was unaware of the comment he made about people being trash.

          • Malatesta!

            Just google “Chuka Umunna trash” and several newspaper articles come up. He admitted to it and had to apologise.

            From the Torygraph:

            “Chuka Umunna, tipped as a potential future
            leader, has admitted his is a member of ASmallWorld, which is known as
            “MySpace for Millionaires”.

            In public, the MP for Streatham has been keen to stress his humble background growing up in south London.

            But in private, Mr Umunna is a member of the exclusive online networking club for the global jet-setting elite.

            According to The Daily Mail,
            the MP registered under his middle name, Harrison. In comments on the
            site from 2006, he said: “Is it just me or is there a serious lack of
            cool places to go in central London at the weekends.

            “Most of the West End haunts seem to be full of trash and C-list
            wannabes, while other places that should know better opt for the cheesy
            vibe.”

            The millionaire former lawyer then called for recommendations for “a trash-free, decent night”. “

          • vincethur

            Cheers, I’ve just done that and have to say it’s put me off totally.

          • Dave Postles

            Actually, what he wrote was that London clubs are full of trash.

    • Dave Postles

      You should see mine – as a result of eye drops for glaucoma stimulating their growth.

  • new_number_2

    So there’s Blairite Kendall, a millionaire who thinks ordinary people are “trash” to be avoided and Burnham the career politician. Hardly inspires confidence.

    • Dave Postles

      There are ‘career politicians’ and ‘career politicians’. Burnham is not some Johnny-come-lately to the party after graduation. He established his credentials from an early age. His background is important too.

  • Sunny Jim

    Burnham is the best choice imo.

  • Jake Acton

    We won’t get a leader we will all be happy with, but personally I believe Burnham is the best choice.

    • tiredoflosing

      Sadly he will make a lot of people feel comfortable, like Ed did, and lose badly.
      Anyone who thinks Burnham can win votes in the seats we need to win even to prevent a Tory majority after boundary changes is joking

      • Jake Acton

        I will have to disagree with that unfortunately! Ed made me feel nervous whenever he was on the telly!

        I think Andy will surprise some of the more weary voters.

        • tiredoflosing

          Andy couldn’t even put Lansley or Jeremy Hunt away.

          • Jake Acton

            Evidence for this?

        • returner

          Ed made me feel nervous whenever he was on the telly!

          Me too.

          I liked Ed, but I hope the next leader is someone I don’t have to feel nervous for.

  • Kenneth Watson

    by far the best choice of the 3 declared so far

    • RWP

      Yep.

    • Matthew Blott

      Then we are doomed.

      • sophos

        Speaks to how weak the announced candidates, Umunna (who would doom us in the North) and Kendall (who would doom us everywhere), are. Burnham, even with his Mid Staffs vulnerabilities, presents a better chance than those two, but sincerely hope someone better will still come along. Hard to see any of these 3 winning in 2020.

        • Dave Postles

          Burnham has no Mid Staffs responsibility. He inherited the situation. He inaugurated the Francis enquiry.

          • BillFrancisOConnor

            True but the Tories will play it for all it’s worth time and time again over the next five years.

            PS As someone who has spent the last 5 years slagging Labour off I presume your delighted that Labour lost last week.

          • jaime taurosangastre candelas

            Why would he think that? He told us last week that he held his nose and voted for Labour. That is more than I did, voting LD for a second time, but in my estimation Dave travelled a greater political distance than I did. You should not be so dismissive of him.

          • BillFrancisOConnor

            Thanks for the homily.

          • jaime taurosangastre candelas

            A “homily”? Goodness, I now feel so grown up that I will completely fail to recognise your “your”. How we have moved on since those days in which you were the dual-headed Cerberus of LL, guarding both political homogeneity and also the correct use of grammar. “Primary school” grammar in my case, according to you.

            Now Cerberus, regrow your rightful third head. Be fierce against those within Labour who want to drift off into non-electability.

          • Dave Postles

            He’s quite capable of rebutting it. He can also invoke Sarah Wollaston’s condemnation of Lansley’s reforms, Lansley’s failure to divulge the risk register, and Hunt’s refusal to publish the Rose report (another complaint by Wollaston, if I remember correctly).
            Sleep tight and don’t let the bedbugs bite.

          • BillFrancisOConnor

            Thanks for the condescending remarks.

            From the 3 candidates that have put their names forward Burnham looks the strongest. As things stand he’ll be getting my vote.

          • Dave Postles

            ‘Thanks for the condescending remarks.’
            You’re welcome.
            I voted for Burnham in 2010 when I was a member of the party. I expect that his time has now passed.

          • BillFrancisOConnor

            Really?

            Any other pearls of wisdom to unveil?

          • Dave Postles

            Bluestar Linux is quite a good way into rolling-release Arch if you don’t want to tackle the raw Arch. The installer is a bit archaic, but the KDE desktop (if that’s your preferred desktop) setup is very pretty and the OS is full of all the applications software that most users will need.

        • Matthew Blott

          We have no idea how any of them would do. Given I’ve had to listen to party members tell me Miliband wasn’t as crap as he seemed for 5 years I’m treating projections of electoral suitability with scepticism.

          • sophos

            If we don’t speculate about electoral suitability, then we’re making a decision based on very, very secondary concerns and have a very low chance of picking someone who can win.

            The fact of the matter is Umunna’s wealth, and, unlike Blair who far more reliably remained relatable, occasionally open snobbishness will not play well in the North. Particularly, as uncomfortable as it is to say, his skin colour does the Party no favours in clawing back votes from UKIP. If Umunna is leader, it’s not hard to see actually losing seats to UKIP in 2020. He only plays well in one of the three areas we need to improve (SNP voters, UKIP voters, centrist voters), we need better than that if we’re to win.

          • Matthew Blott

            Yes it is a bit uncomfortable to say that about his ethnicity. You help explain why we were so soundly beaten last week. No doubt you’ve spent the past 5 years bleating ‘cuts’, ‘austerity’ and ‘cost of living crisis’ at every opportunity but really you think the English white working class are a bunch of ungrateful racists.

          • Malatesta!

            You think there is no racism in the UK?

          • Matthew Blott

            Of course not.

          • jaime taurosangastre candelas

            I respectfully disagree. No one would condone it, nor announce it publicly, but I would be amazed if there are not a million or more voters in the UK who in the privacy of a voting booth, and no need to justify their decision, do not allow that thought to enter their head. I hope that I am wrong; I am sufficiently pessimistic to think that I am probably right.

            In the brutal calculation of any election, it might matter. It should not.

          • Matthew Blott

            If he was a firebrand who was defined by his race like Diane Abbott then it would be a problem but he isn’t so most people won’t care. I think his poshness is a bigger problem but there are plenty of posh boys in politics who thrive (and become PM) so that can be overplayed too.

          • sophos

            What a lot of nonsense assumptions.

            The working class have been fed a diet of ‘blame the immigrants’ by the press and the Tories, which Labour have allowed them to get away with scot-free by being so weak on the real causes of their struggles. It will be hard enough to disabuse people of this belief without electing someone who can be easily spun as ‘one of them’ and ‘part of the problem’ to deliver the message. Why on Earth would we volunteer to make the momentous task of addressing prejudice in the UK more difficult for ourselves? In fact, I worry that Umunna would be forced to continue, and take further, Milliband’s ‘controls on immigration’ nonsense to counterbalance.

          • Matthew Blott

            I think immigration was allowed to run out of control. You must think I’m racist too.

          • Malatesta!

            I’m not sure how you read sophos post to come to the conclusion that he thinks people worried by immigration numbers are racists…

          • sophos

            You seem to think you know a lot about me. Most bizarre.

            I merely think you have incorrectly linked cause and effect. The issue is with the distribution of wealth and the organisation of the economy, not immigration.

          • wolfman

            Sorry mate but Cameron is taken..

          • Mukkinese

            Well said, he does sound like a Tory…

          • Dez

            Why do you come up with that garbage every time someone says something you don’t agree with?

          • Mukkinese

            Well said, he does sound like a Tory…

          • Mukkinese

            Maybe not a racists, just uninformed about the reality of the situation.

            Freedom of movement is part of the price of being in the E.U…

          • Mukkinese

            Maybe not a racists, just uninformed about the reality of the situation.

            Freedom of movement is part of the price of being in the E.U…

          • Michael Murray

            Then maybe it is a price not worth paying.

          • Michael Murray

            Should read: ‘which means they want the complete removal of workers’ protections and rights.’ My edit facility has failed.
            For some reason my editing

          • Ian Young

            That’s certainly Cameron’s plan who sees the EU as a market place for bosses and wraps himself in the flag to deny British workers a few basic EU employment rights. But if you are suggesting returning Labour to an EU withdrawal position to create a protectionist economy, good luck with that. It might inspire Arthur Scargill to rejoin the Labour Party but few others. I wouldn’t touch Labour with a bargepole on that programme, despite being a life long supporter.

          • Michael Murray

            The general election indicated to me that Britain will be leaving the EU whatever reforms Cameron says he has achieved.

          • Ian Young

            I fear you are right; a low turnout on this issue that mainly only excites right wing headbangers and leadership from Cameron who is the most inept PM since Lord North when it comes to constitutional issues. He regarded by experienced British diplomats and civil servants in Brussels and the foreign office as the most light-weight PM they’ve ever encountered.

          • Michael Murray

            You are so right.

          • Matthew Blott

            Er I do know that. That doesn’t invalidate what I said.

          • Doug Smith

            “which Labour have allowed them to get away with”

            Labour encourged the “blame the immigrants” hysteria: remember anti-immigration Labour’s mug, for sale on the party website.

          • Mukkinese

            And you are a Tory…

          • Matthew Blott

            Apparently so.

          • Malatesta!

            There is no way a public school educated City Lawyer from London who is on record as referring to members of the public as “trash”, is going to appeal to Labour voters in the north.

            If we choose him the in 2020 we’ll end up seeing a lot of seats going from red to purple and won’t be winning back any in Scotland.

          • Matthew Blott

            Tony Blair went to public school.

          • Malatesta!

            He still had more of the “common touch” than Umunna. Do you think he would win any votes from the people calling Labour “Red Tories” in Scotland?

          • Dave Postles

            What Blair didn’t do is write that London clubs are full of trash.

          • Marco

            Yep. Everyone who said ‘Ed is great – give him a chance’ or accused naysayers of Blairite treachery shouldn’t have a vote in the leadership election. And they should also have the decency to be a little embarrassed on Labour List. Utter, utter muppets.

      • Mukkinese

        Why is it that we have to elect a new candidate to be P.M. now?

        Why can’t we have a caretaker leader until we make our minds up what we want?

        As long as Labour fight and work as an opposition, immediately, then what is the rush?

      • Patrick Nelson

        He has a certain appeal. I think he would find building rapport with many Northern voters easier than Ed Miliband did. He could possibly hoover back some of the Labour votes lost to the moron party by virtue of his down to earth, working-man type aura.

    • Malatesta!

      Yes he is, but that’s not saying much.

  • Matthew Blott

    He’s been a bit quiet. Why does he think we lost?

  • RWP

    Bring him on – he’s not just a man of the left – on the NHS brief he was always going to be solid old Labour, but during his early years in government demonstrated he demonstrated his modernizing credentials. He’s the closest thing Labour have to a nationally-popular, genuinely-passionate big-hitter who also comes across as a likable, normal guy with a mostly good track record in big government jobs with an appeal across the political spectrum. Yes.

  • vincethur

    I really haven’t got a clue as to who either I or more importantly the public would prefer. I hope theres plenty of chances for all of them to put their case across. I also hope that before people vote they speak to their friends , family and work colleagues to see what one they would vote for. What can’t happen is people go for their personal choice over what’s best for the party.

  • Brumanuensis

    Burnham has two major advantages over Ed:

    1. He’s a fluent public speaker

    2. He’s conventionally handsome

    In short, he ‘looks’ the part more and sounds the part more. And if there’s one depressing lesson we’ve learned from the past five years, it’s that these things do count for the public.

    • Matthew Blott

      This is true and he would have been the right leader to run on the current manifesto for this election. But I sense this won’t work now. Just as John Smith was right in 1992 but not post defeat Burnham’s negatives on the NHS and class war rhetoric will look tired.

      • Brumanuensis

        Matt, when has Burnham used ‘class war’ rhetoric? I genuinely can’t think of a single example.

        As for the NHS, whilst I think the inconsistency argument is over-stated, I’m not sure the public will care that much about what he might have done as Health Secretary 11 years previously – in 2020 terms.

        • Matthew Blott

          I hope you’re right.

          • Brumanuensis

            Indeed. Fingers crossed.

          • Dave Postles

            He will resonate with the northerners for his action for the Hillsborough campaign and his down-to-earth long-term support of Everton. Compare the last point with D. Miliband who received £70k to the Office of David Miliband from Sunderland F.C. to be a director whilst openly supporting Arsenal, if I remember correctly. The south will not be impressed.

      • Dave Postles

        I voted for Burnham in 2010 when I was in the party. I suspect that he was the right person then. I agree that he might not be appropriate now, but not for the reasons which you have indicated. He has no issues from his brief period as Sec of State for Health which he can’t easily bat aside.

    • Jake Acton

      “Exhibit A on what is wrong with British democracy”

      • Brumanuensis

        Don’t be stupid Jake. It should be apparent that I don’t agree with the two points, unlike your post which was ambivalent at best.

        • Jake Acton

          The overwhelming sense of pomposity which emanates from you Brum is admittedly frustrating.

          However, I will admit that the comment I made regarding the subject came from a much more emotional place. (Having defended Miliband for 5 years only to see us get utterly destroyed in the results.) I stand by it, Labour does need a PR man to regain power. If that makes me what’s wrong with British democracy, so be it.

          • Brumanuensis

            Perhaps we can agree that neither of us likes the means, but we both endorse it if it results in a Labour Government?

          • Jake Acton

            Certainly would agree with that.

  • Alex Agius

    What I think Andy Burnham offers is that he is very committed to public services as I think can be demoninstraed in the passion he has shown as shadow health secretary. He is also a strong speaker and media performer. Probably more from the pro trade union tradition of the party.

  • Sugarcube

    Blimey! Just the record, really frightening to hear so many people assuming how Northerners will or won’t vote, go carefully here.
    Am from the North West, Labour family born and bred… have lived in the, now almost entirely blue, South of England for over 15 years. Personally I like Chukka.. and Andy B so will see whom I feel could be the strongest leader. Its going to be an interesting summer.

  • Gordon

    Great to see that Andy Burnham has joined the leadership battle, it is really important we get to hear from as many potential leaders as possible right now. It is no good sitting on the fence here, if people think they can do the job you need to join the list. More the merrier at this stage! Why do I think that, well I think that the more diverse the debate from the start the more clarity of purpose we will have at the end when people are voting for the leader. Win the hearts and minds of the party in the campaign through debate, ideas, passion, vision and ability. All this stuff about posh, rich, appeal to northerners, colour (shocking to read that one) is really not relevant and the sooner we get to real debate the better.

    • Sugarcube

      Nice one Gordon. Nicely put.

  • Marco

    Oh dear lord no. Not exactly a fresh start, is he? I think we can do better. I hope we can do better, or we’re buggered. Again.

  • JayUKChelsea

    voted last time for Burnham and donated to campaign – but new times, unless he surpises me with something new. While obviously passionate about NHS, cant remember anything new over the last 5 years put forawrd which cut through – to me, more of a deputy cand, but guesss he’d see it as a step down. Would have liked him to have accepted a new role over last 5 years, cant win just on NHS passion. Sorry, i really am sorry about that – just me personally – bit of a shame

  • JayUKChelsea

    No chips on shoulders please – renew, reflect, review, think what the general public will vote for

    • snowright

      How about ‘none of the above’.

  • DangerousK88

    Mid Staffs would be in the Tories arsenal, Cooper for me has the least baggage, all they could do is resort to sexism and her taste in men.

    If Burnham didn’t have mid staffs on his watch then I’d back him.

  • RWP

    Someone had a good idea that each of the contenders should be allowed a turn each at PMQs – hopefully Hatty will allow that.

    • Canarydan

      I don’t think that will help. The right candidate could easily have a bad day and blot their copybook whilst the wrong candidate could luck out and destroy Cameron who might be having an off-day. We’ll see enough of each candidate between now and September to make an informed decision.

    • Dave Meredith

      Sounds like a good idea in principle but it would allow Cameron to influence our choice of leader!

  • David Callam

    No. No, no!
    Have you learnt nothing from the drubbing you’ve just received from large swathes of the country in the General Election?
    Andy Burnham will keep Labour in opposition for a further decade or more.

  • jimmy

    ITS NOT ABOUT THE LEADER ITS ABOUT THE PARTY!!!!!!! what can the party offer charisma doesnt legislate for the poor – good looks dont provide much needed houses and jobs – sound bites dont fix the mess the tories have made of our economy !

  • Aaron Golightly

    He might win back some support from the SNP and some of the working class vote that has drifted to UKIP but it’d be an ‘ambition 35%’ strategy, again. I doubt if Burnham can appeal to the centre-ground voters that a Labour government needs to in order to win. He’d be very much a ‘core support’ choice and that wouldn’t strike me as being terribly ambitious.

  • We need to wait and see how the candidates participate in the discussion on the lessons of the election and where Labour goes from here. If they all start talking about aspirational man/woman in the same parrot fashion as everyone previously talked about hard working families the omens are not good. Particularly as no one has yet produced any clear eveidence that the failure to appeal to aspirational man cost the election.

  • ianandmurphy

    I Like Andy Burnham, I think he is a very capable and likeable guy. But the Tories will throw Mid-Staffs at him at every opportunity. I think we have to move away from the old guard and turn to someone new. I’m disappointed that Dan Jarvis isn’t running but maybe someone from the 2010/ 2015 intake?

    • DangerousK88

      To be fair to Andy, at the time Mid Staffs occured he was only in the job 11 months.

      • ianandmurphy

        I agree but that won’t stop Cameron and co smearing him at every opportunity.

  • Martinete

    Galloway is backing Burnham, Andy needs to reject his support because of the disgusting campaign he ran against Naz Shah.

    • Brumanuensis

      Why should Burnham have to actively reject Galloway’s support? Galloway is not a member of the Labour Party and will have next to no influence on the leadership election. I don’t think there’s any suggestion that Burnham has ever been particularly friendly towards Galloway, unless you know something the rest of us don’t.

      • DangerousK88

        Naz Shah is a Labour girl, you really have to see the campaign he ran against her, even the real staunch Tories condemned it.

        • Brumanuensis

          I am perfectly familiar with Galloway’s smear campaign. That doesn’t alter my answer though.

  • Ian Young

    The last Northern England Labour leader, Harold Wilson did very well among aspirant Southern voters. And whoever is leader will be smeared and treated like dirt by the Tories and their media allies from day one. In Burnham’s case it will be Mid-Staffs and if he becomes leader he will need a strategy from day one to bat it away and turn the tables. One of Ed Miliband’s more successful moments was countering the vile personal attacks against his father with Alistair Campbell backing him up in exposing Paul Dacre for the coward and bully that he is. I would like to see Tom Watson play an important role in media relations and I for one will happily buy him a set of knuckle dusters. I met Andy Burnham in 2010 and was impressed he raised some important issues that are not widely discussed on the political agenda. Mainly on the subject of care of old people who stand to lose everything they’ve worked for to pay for long term care. This is a worry not only for old people but their children and grandchildren concerned about the family home being sold to cover exorbitant care fees. I have no doubt he will play well with health and welfare issues but needs to show he has a grasp of economic competence in reclaiming Labour as the party of modernity. Call it aspiration if you will. Or the white heat of technology as someone once called it.

  • The Labour party needs a new leader who can tear David Cameron to shreds
    and humiliate him in parliament. He must be willing to challenge the
    Tory lies and fiddled figures. Miliband failed abysmally at this while
    desperate people were yelling at their TV screens, “For god sake hit him
    with this”. Miliband lacked the will. Most people suspect that the outcome of this election was rigged. The
    Tory record speaks for itself, yet not one Labour voice even touched on
    this, except for Tom Watson, who went close. Labour needs to stand up for its
    principles. Blair sacrificed these, which is why Thatcher said that he
    was her greatest achievement. The Blairites MUST be silenced and banned
    from the party. This is why Labour got hammered in Scotland. The SNP
    regained those principles that the Blairites betrayed. The sad thing is,
    if Labour need to get nasty in response to Cameron, do they really have a match for him??? Andy sounds too much like another Miliband. We need passion, a young Dennis Skinner.

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