Chuka Umunna 10/1 2nd favourite for next LAB leader with rising star Tristram Hunt now 20/1 pic.twitter.com/TErZ2wazOg
— Mike Smithson (@MSmithsonPB) November 3, 2013
The Blair and Brown of next generation Labour?
There’s a great piece in the Sunday Telegraph today by Matthew dâ€™Ancona in which he identifies rising LAB stars Chuka Umunna and Tristram Hunt as the Blair and Brown next generation Labour.
It is a good comparison which I’d not thought of before. On Hunt he writes:-
“..Huntâ€™s importance to Labour is that his very bearing is meant to signal to aspirational voters of all backgrounds that the party is not a wholly-owned subsidiary of the public sector unions. When Hunt refuses to â€œrule outâ€ sending his own children to private school, he sends not a â€œdog-whistleâ€ but what might be called a â€œdon-whistleâ€: the reassurance that he is not going to sacrifice the educational prospects of any pupil on the altar of Left-wing doctrine…”
On Chuka Umunna he notes:-
“…For what it is worth, Umunna is one of the most impressive young politicians I have ever interviewed: I think those Tories who fear him are right to do so. He waves away the â€œBritish Obamaâ€ comparisons, but it was surely no accident that he concluded his speech on Thursday with one of the presidentâ€™s favourite passages of Martin Luther Kingâ€™s oratory: â€œWe are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now.â€
If EdM does lead LAB to victory at GE2015 then there’s not going to be a leadership contest for a long time and by then, who knows, other “stars” could have emerged.
In the betting the price on the favourite, Yvette Cooper, has eased a fair bit since the re-shuffle. She’s now 11/4 at Ladbrokes.
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