Thought this might be the natural home for the politics debate now Brexit is settled and the GE is done. Id be interested to hear people’s thoughts, especially those that didn’t vote Labour. Current timetable is new leader election process will start in the new year with a new leader in by March. Expected candidates: Keir Starmer Policy: who knows? Keeps his cards close to his chest. Likely soft left but has worked under Corbyn where others wouldn’t. Pros: decent speaker, good record at the CPS looks the part mostly. No major scandals Cons: A bit wet. Tied to the Remain strategy. Always looks surprised. Rebecca Long Bailey Policy: Corbynite Pros: not as much baggage as Corbyn. The heir to the throne. Cons: the heir to the throne. Young and inexperienced. Yvette Cooper Policy: Blairite-ish. Bangs on about “high tech jobs” and training and sure start a lot. Pros: experienced, held office in government, liked in the PLP Cons: blairite-scum (), uninspiring, very Remainy Lisa Nandy Policy: soft left, pro Brexit (for Labour), wants to focus on Labour Heartlands they just lost. Pros: competent, seems to understand the social issues and neglect Labour have shown their traditional voters. Cons: a bit weak speaking, always looks a bit dopey. Not clear what her ideas are beyond “her back the North”. Emily Thornberry Policy: soft leftish, happy enough with Corbynism to defend it the last four years. Pros: experienced, takes a boob high five like a champion. Cons: habit of being a snob, very Remainy. Angela Rayner Policy: “Ideology never put food on my kids table” Pros: working class, can be a decent fighter Cons: thick as two short planks, inexperienced Jess Phillips (pic won’t load, google her) Policy: not clear. Soft leftish Id guess. Not very ideological Pros: a character, not London, decent media profile Cons: very marmitey, Corbynites hate her, can come across a bit shrill. Other possibles: Dan Jarvis - former army piece of wet cardboard Jim McMahon - Oldham council leader, seems to have disappeared Richard Burgon - LOL Chances are whoever it is won’t win in 2024/5, their main job will be starting the detoxification of the party and stopping the rot. Who does SBT think has the best chance of saving Labour?