Labour leadership contest: Nandy praised for Neil interview as poll suggests Long-Bailey in lead – live news

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Good morning. It looks relatively quiet today in terms of government/Westminster politics, but the Labour leadership contest is warming up and overnight there were developments boosting two of the leading candidates.

If the election took place today, the results of the poll suggest that Long-Bailey would win 42% of first preferences while Starmer would receive 37%. Jess Phillips is far behind on 9%, Lisa Nandy on 7% and Emily Thornberry on just 1%.

Although Starmer receives the majority of second preferences from all candidates in the race, they are not enough to eliminate Long-Bailey’s first round lead, with Long-Bailey leading 51% to 49% after second preferences are taken into account.

Related: Momentum set to back Rebecca Long-Bailey as poll places her in lead

The reviews are in: And lefty journos and commentators are gushing in their praise. “She did tremendously well,” the Guardian’s Peter Walker wrote. “Direct, engaging, and handled [Neil] brilliantly. Sets the bar for the other candidates.” The New Statesman’s Ailbhe Rea said Nandy was “brilliant … Unflappable, warm and totally on top of detailed policy.” Editor Ian Dunt called it “seriously impressive.” HuffPost’s Paul Waugh said Nandy “handled Neil’s questions better than most politicians I’ve seen.” And in his sketch for the Indy, Tom Peck deems her “bright, articulate, honest and tenacious … A serious person, running for a serious job.” (“But of course,” Peck adds gloomily, “the party doesn’t want that.”)

And it’s not just the lefties: “Dare I say it, she’s bossing this,” the Sun’s Political Editor Tom Newton Dunn wrote as he watched the interview last night. Evening Standard Deputy Editor Charlotte Ross was equally impressed. “Nandy will have helped her cause,” the Spectator’s Political Editor James Forsyth noted cautiously, while rightly pointing out she was “visibly nervous” at the start and that some arguments did not quite stand up to scrutiny. He adds: “We wait to see if the frontrunners Keir Starmer and Rebecca Long-Bailey are confident enough to subject themselves to the same treatment.” Let’s hope so.

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