Labour ‘has better chance’ in next election says Neil
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The Labour Party is in turmoil as it awaits the results of a police investigation into ‘beergate’, where Sir Keir Starmer and colleagues enjoyed a beer in Durham during lockdown. Footage from April 2021 shows the Labour leader drinking a bottle of beer with colleagues indoors when such gatherings were banned if not essential for work.
The Labour Party had said the gathering didn’t break the rules as it was in between work events, however it is now being investigated by police.
Sir Keir has said if he was to be found to have broken the rules and be issued a fixed penalty notice he would step down.
He told reporters: “I believe in honour, in integrity and the principle that those who made the rules must follow them … I am absolutely clear that no laws were broken, they were followed at all times.
“I simply had something to eat while working late in the evening. But if the police decide to issue me with a fixed penalty notice, I would of course do the right thing and step down.”
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Who could replace Sir Keir if he did step down?
The odds of Sir Keir exiting his role of Labour leader any time between now and the end of 2022 have been cut to just 6/4.
Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: “Starmer has offered his resignation if he gets fined, and the latest odds suggest there’s every chance we see a new Labour leader in the coming months.”
The odds from Ladbrokes also show the next likely leader, with Andy Burnham leading the pack at 7/2, closely followed by Wes Streeting at 7/1.
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Third is Rachel Reeves at 8/1, fourth Angela Rayner and Lisa Nandy both at 10/1.
Andy Burnham is currently serving as Mayor of Greater Manchester, and has done since 2017.
Mr Burnham is not currently an MP and is currently due to remain as Greater Manchester’s Mayor until 2024.
Wes Streeting is the Shadow Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, and has been hailed as the next Labour leader by some in the party.
Lisa Nandy currently holds the role of Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government.
In the 2020 Labour leadership contest, Ms Nandy came third behind Sir Keir and Rebecca Long-Bailey.
Next Labour Party leader odds
- Andy Burnham – 7/2
- Wes Streeting – 7/1
- Rachel Reeves – 8/1
- Angela Rayner – 10/1
- Lisa Nandy – 10/1
- Yvette Cooper – 14/1
- Bridget Phillipson – 16/1
- 20/1 bar
When will Keir Starmer be replaced as Labour leader?
- 2022 – 6/4
- 2023 – 11/2
- 2024 or later – 4/7
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