The Next Labour Leader
It could be Tristram Hunt, I suggest in The Independent on Sunday today. He has had a remarkable seven days.
My record of prediction in such matters is not good, often confusing what should happen with what will happen, and several correspondents have pointed out that it is quite unlikely that Labour will change leader before the election. I know that. As we discovered under Gordon Brown, the mechanism for a coup by Labour MPs is uncertain.
My article was an attempt to answer a different question, namely who will become leader if Labour loses the election? But I pointed out that Miliband’s position becomes more tenuous before the election if there is a credible alternative leader on the scene, as opposed to in New York.
I was nervous about my assessment that Hunt had made such a spectacular advance, from being an okayish new frontbencher to a leadership contender. I don’t know much about what other MPs think of him. He is quite posh, and quite untested.
So I was reassured to hear from one Labour MP that Hunt’s performance “has not gone unnoticed” in the Parliamentary Labour Party, and to be told: “Hallelujah, there is hope yet.”
(And thanks to Rachel Henry, the sub-editor who came up with the “Tristram’s Handy” headline. Genius.)Tagged in: ed miliband, labour leadership, tristram hunt
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