Sir Keir Starmer, Rebecca Long-Bailey, Emily Thornberry, Jess Phillips and Lisa Nandy debate in Liverpool
All the candidates made strong statements on the party’s failure to deal with antisemitism. But some were stronger than others – most notably those who weren’t part of Jeremy Corbyn’s shadow cabinet. Jess Phillips pointed out that not everyone on the stage had, to her knowledge, been actively arguing for a stronger approach behind closed doors in recent months (something shadow cabinet members Emily Thornberry and Keir Starmer, who followed her, strongly denied).
Lisa Nandy said she never wants to see a situation again where Jewish Labour MPs were begging the party to adopt an internationally accepted definition of antisemitism with the people at the top saying “we know better”, and was clear that there has been a monumental failure of leadership on this issue.
Phillips said the manifesto “wasnt strong enough on crime and security”.