Kendall Goes Full Blairite

Liz Kendall’s pitch to the centre ground had the Lobby all aflutter at today’s Press Gallery lunch. Kendall warned that Labour “didn’t lose because of Ed’s personality, we lost because of our politics”, insisting she was as “passionate about wealth creation as wealth distribution”.

She slammed Miliband’s energy price freeze as “wrong” and backed Free Schools, implying she could receive the endorsement of Tony Blair: “he has a huge role to play. He won three election victories. Let’s just see what happens”.

Perhaps most significant was her commitment to the 2% Nato defence spending target. She’d be real popular with backbenchers if she was running to be leader of the Tories…

Via Her Majesty’s tweeting press corp.



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Stephen Bush writing in the New Statesman‘s morning briefing…

“The terrifying truth is that the Opposition is too divided – within the parliamentary party, within the trades unions, within the Shadow Cabinet and even within the leader’s office – to be anything other than a veto player as far as Brexit goes, and the party’s whole gambit is really about trying to make that weakness look like a strength. Keir Starmer saying that Labour is “increasingly likely” to vote down the deal is simply a reflection of the fact that the one thing the Labour party will be able to agree on as far as Brexit goes is that Theresa May’s deal is no good.”

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