Sophia’s Shortlists

Labour Leaders

Timetable: the nominations open on Tuesday 9 June and close on Monday 15 June.

The ballot papers will be sent on 14 August and there will be a Special Conference to announce the Labour Leader on 12 September.

Hustings – two days later on Wednesday 17 June. This allows all the candidates, who are nominated to come together to be questioned together, and importantly, to be tested by those whom they wish to lead.

There is a statistical problem, however, facing anyone who is standing to be a deputy member of the party. Because with nine candidates so far and each candidate requiring 35 nominations, there aren’t enough, Labour MPs to nominate everybody. Accordingly, are some of those in the deputy leadership race only highlighting their faces and fighting for places at the shadow government table?

William Hill’s Graham Sharpe has the odds but what about their social media currency?

The blog, Sophia’s Political Shortlists shall chart the ups and downs of the social, as well as the political, together utilising the social media scoring site Rise. If they’re on social media we will track it. Furthermore, as well as the full labour contest both for the leader and the deputies, there are the Labour mayoral candidates too. Moreover, there’s the chance too introduce the best of the new class of parliament including the SNP usurpers, the new girls and boys as well as to compare your member of Parliament based upon their region and the voting record.

Week One: Labour Leadership
Week Two: I Didn’t Shoot the Deputies
Week Three: Dick Whittington
Week Four: The New Class

Anybody who watched the leaders debate tonight would, unfortunately, find it quite depressing. There was no oomph, there was no policy. Even the beauty contest was, well, somewhat lacking.  The British electorate, those that voted Labour and lost, as well as those who wanted to but couldn’t, were there, holding their scoring paddles. There were three rounds. There was the ball gown (how attractive were they to the country), the bikini (how did they do with interruption and challenge), and the talent (what could they bring to the table). Taking each in turn, our leaders did not shine.


Liz appeared so right wing that she could not go round a roundabout. When Andy Burnham spoke, I could see people crying, real Dan Jarvis shaped tears. Yvette who was expected to be crowned Queen as the most experienced, the most well known, the most well connected, felt like Lady Jane Grey, as if she had only been doing this for nine days, not in our joint Labour conscience for not nearly nineteen years. Jeremy Corbyn, great one liners, but felt and looked like The Man from Havana. Not just a different time zone, a different epoch. He probably marched for Martin in 1964 when he was 15, marched for Mandela in 1984, when he was 35, but in 2015, the left wing of the Labour party needs younger blood.


I still do not know who I am voting for Labour leader, but at least I know now who I am not voting for. Negative voting – not what I was expecting to do.


Moreover, the star of the show must be Laura Kuenssberg, decisive, directing with decorum. Furthermore, she asked the Cluedo question – If one has to fall upon one sword, will it be by knife in the back, a bomb on the front pages, or the general drip poison of internal Labour politics? And she added, whether there was a Russian dollar agenda? That, are the candidates here today in 2015, just incubating within them the next Labour leader, and this is just an embryonic challenge for 2018,19, or 20.

Accordingly, after watching the Labour party debate, not only were the Labour candidates crying, but also the British electorate. We need a reasonable, credible, and reliable alternative for 2020.


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