Labor Conference Live: Mandelson Says Leadership Election Rules Change Will Keep Another Corbyn Out | Politics

Hello. Sir Keir Starmer won the vote last night on internal labor reforms that will require leadership candidates to have the backing of 20% of MPs, not 10%, prevent registered supporters from voting in leadership elections, and make it difficult for activists Activate a re-election ballot. in your local Work MP. The changes were approved 53.67% to 46.33%, which was closer than some expected, but somehow made up for the fact that Starmer failed to get unions to back his plan to change the system of employment. election of leaders more fundamentally (he wanted to go back to the electoral college) and his allies are treating this as a significant victory.

In an interview for the Today show this morning, Lord Mandelson, one of the leading architects of New Labor and a supporter of Starmer, he was much more explicit about what this might mean than Starmer himself and his shadow ministers. He said it was about blocking another leader like Jeremy Corbyn. He said:

Jeremy Corbyn built on the rules Ed Miliband introduced, which allowed hundreds of thousands of people to run to vote for our future leader without really caring about the Labor Party, knowing about the Labor Party, and in many cases not even becoming member of the Labor Party. Labor Party.

That flood of people who were allowed in the Labor Party to back a far-left candidate they wanted to see as their elected leader now will no longer be allowed to happen …

What these rule changes mean, and this is perhaps absolutely critical to the people in the country, when asked to vote for Keir Starmer as their next prime minister, they can know with almost complete certainty that they are not going to wake up. get up one day and find Jeremy Corbyn there instead.

Today the focus of the conference will be on Rachel Reeves, the shadow chancellor, who will use her speech to announce plans to eliminate trade fees. Here is my colleague Jessica Elgotpreview story.

Reeves has been doing a round of morning interviews and I’ll post the highlights soon.

Here is the agenda for the day.

10.15 am: Frances O’Grady, general secretary of the TUC, speaks at the conference.

10.15 am: Lisa Nandy, the shadow foreign secretary, opens the international debate. At 11 a.m., John Healey, the shadow Secretary of Defense, will finish.

11.15 am: Jonathan Reynolds, secretary for shadow work and pensions, opens a debate on the economy.

12:00 h: Rachel Reeves, the shadow chancellor, delivers her keynote address.

14:15 h: Mark Drakeford, the Welsh Prime Minister, speaks at the conference.

14.45 h: Steve Reed, the shadow communities secretary, opens a debate on local government. Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, speaks at 2.50pm. M., Nick Forbes, Newcastle City Council Leader and Head of the Labor Group in the Local Government Association, speaks at 3.50pm. M. And Joanne Anderson, the Mayor of Liverpool, speaks at 4:40 p.m. M..

4:45 pm: Louise Haigh, Northern Ireland’s shadow secretary, delivers a speech.

4.50 pm: Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester, Tracy Brabin, Mayor of West Yorkshire and Dan Jarvis, Mayor of South Yorkshire, participate in a panel discussion.

5.10 pm: Anas Sarwar, leader of the Scottish Labor Party, delivers the final speech of the day.

I hope to focus only on Labor today. For the latest on the fuel shortage crisis, read my colleague Graeme ValuesLive business blog.

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