It came as no surprise to the nation that Sam (/u/sam-irl) has risen to lead the Labour party, winning the latest Labour leadership contest. A press statement released from the party confirmed Sam won a stonking 82% of the first preference vote, winning 28/36 votes.
Labour stands mostly alone on the left and with a large membership, meaning the leader will have to cater to a broad church. When asked about their position on that spectrum they replied:
My ideology is simple: I believe that every citizen of the United Kingdom should have a guarantee of decent living conditions…Personally I would consider myself a socialist, but I understand that not everyone in Labour is, and I intend to be a leader for everyone across Labour’s ideological spectrum.
The challenge of staying united could be either exacerbated or eased with the Deputy Leader appointment, a vacancy left behind by Sam. Sam declined to reveal which candidate would get their vote and assured this paper that each of the three contenders would make an excellent Deputy Leader.
As business resumes this week Labour MPs are set to hound the government for it’s £33bn black hole in the budget. Although the error was made by the civil service, Labour will look to criticise the error regardless.
We certainly wouldn’t have gotten rid of the Corporation Tax. Instead, we’d have been happy to institute more progressive means of taxation to fund our programme of building a better Britain.
With a general election coming up, Sam will likely look to using Labour’s numbers and capacity for two things. Firstly, the planning of nationwide campaigning events. With candidates in every list seat, and likely a majority of FPTP seats, the public can be expecting some events near them. With the party seemingly unified around their new leader, legislation writing for the new manifesto will be a primary task and one that is easily mobilised by the large and united membership. On the manifesto Sam commented:
…It will center around our vision of building a better Britain for our citizens and our descendants. In terms of GE success: we have an energised membership base and I’m confident we can translate that energy into a successful campaign.
Another Labour source revealed that the party are aiming to run in 35 of the available 50 FPTP seats, as well as every list seat.
With Sunrise in tatters and many Labour MPs pointing the finger at the Classical Liberals, the party could find itself isolated on the left. However, with its newfound energy and numbers it may not matter. A good campaign could see Labour winning enough seats to only need help from their immediate allies in the Liberal Democrats. Nevertheless, Sam kept the options open, stating:
Sunrise failed due to a variety of factors and I think it’d be unfair to assign all of the blame to the CLibs. I can’t say that all of their Leadership were very helpful or interested in saving the coalition. However, Willem was very eager to save Sunrise and I still have lots of respect for him because of how he acted towards the end.
While most party leaders inherit an organisation in disrepair, Sam seems to have run at the perfect time; the membership motivated, the government having a bad week and an election on the horizon. Despite not being able to avoid another sun rise coalition, it could be a far redder one than last time.