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Keir Starmer to make official complaint about Labour leadership debates

Keir Starmer plans to write to Labour’s governing National Executive Committee this morning, to complain about the party’s planned leadership debates.

Starmer, who is the early frontrunner in the contest, has objected to the fact that several regions will not host leadership hustings during the campaign.

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Tweeting last night, Starmer said: “I’m disappointed the Party hasn’t organised hustings in the South East, East of England or Yorkshire.

“Labour can win the next election, but only if we win back people’s trust across the UK.

“I’ll be writing to the NEC tomorrow asking them to reconsider.”

Currently, leadership hustings are planned for: Liverpool, Durham, Bristol, Cardiff, Birmingham, Glasgow and London – beginning on 18th January and ending on 16th February.

However, hustings are not only a chance for the various leadership challengers to make their case – they are a space for local Labour members to give their thoughts on why the party lost the last election.

People are therefore concerned that the party – currently – won’t be hosting a debate in Yorkshire, where several seats were lost in December,

Posting on Twitter yesterday evening, Batley and Spen MP Tracy Brabin said: “I lost four amazing colleagues in West Yorkshire alone. Why are we not having a hustings in Yorkshire? To win back the red wall we need to connect with the people who live there.”

It seems many people are asking exactly the same question.

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