Labour leader wannabe Rebecca Long Bailey insists Corbyn was the right man but blasts Brexit dithering


LABOUR leader wannabe Rebecca Long Bailey today insisted Jeremy Corbyn was still the “right man” to lead the party, even after he took them to their worst defeat since 1935.

The leftie Shadow Business Secretary last night finally confirmed she is standing to take over from him as she vowed to go to war with the establishment.

Rebecca Long-Bailey came out last night to confirm she would run to be leader

The leftwinger said Labour lost the election because of a failure of campaign strategy, not of our socialist programme.

In a fiery article for the socialist Tribune website, she pitched herself as the candidate to continue Mr Corbyns hard-left policies.

And this morning she backed the outgoing leader and revealed she still thinks he was the “right man” to lead the party and would “go down in history”.

Speaking to Radio 4 today she said: “I supported Jeremy, I still support Jeremy.

“I felt he was the right man with the right moral integrity to lead the party, and the right ideas.

“He developed some of the most exciting and innovative policies we have seen in a generation. I think he will go down in history remembered as the man who has done that.”

In a pitch to the legions of ardent Corbynistas who have flooded the party, she wrote that she she will stay true to his radical socialist vision.

The shadow business secretary – John McDonnells protege – also lashed Labour MPs who have called for stricter immigration controls to address concerns from voters.

She wrote: “Never again will our party put controls on immigration on a mug. It would be a betrayal of our principles, and of our core supporters and activists. We must defeat Johnson and the nationalist right, never pander to them.”

She added: We must go to war with the political establishment, pledging a constitutional revolution that sweeps away the House of Lords, takes big money out of politics, and radically shift power away from Westminster.

Rebecca Long Bailey is set to run for leader – and friend Angela Rayner to run as deputy