Please note, that I am in NO WAY telling you who you should vote for, if indeed you are voting, which I hope you are; this is just my opinion, for what it’s worth!
As a fully paid up, card carrying member of the Labour Party, I received my ballot paper to vote for the Labour Leader and the Deputy Leader.
As you can probably guess (if you read my blog), my number 1 candidate for Labour leader was already sewn up!
However, in the interest of fairness, I decided to read the other candidates “mission statement” in the booklet that accompanied my ballot papers.
Andy Burnham made no mention of the tory austerity programme affecting millions of UK citizens. Cheerio Andy
Yvette Cooper said “it’s not enough to be angry at the world …” (little dig at Jeremy Corbyn there methinks – I don’t like it when one candidate is disparaging of another) ‘Bye Yvette
Liz Kendall said “I’m standing to be Labours first woman leader ….” she went on to say other things too, but I stopped reading after that first sentence. I have nothing against women, I’m one after all! I just don’t agree with some women using their gender as a reason why you should vote for them. People should be judged on their own merit and not whether they’re a man or a woman! So long Liz.
So I voted for Jeremy Corbyn for leader because he said “… I voted against the Welfare Bill and as leader, I would campaign alongside you for a movement against the pain inflicted on all our communities by this government” … and that is why I voted for him.
I voted for Tom Watson as deputy, on account of his stance on the Data Retention & Investigatory Powers (DRIP) bill
… the hacking scandal;
and the child abuse enquiry:-
So I have chosen two candidates, who as far as I am concerned are credible, compassionate and genuine.