Chuka Umunna has announced he won't stand for Labour leadership.
The most charismatic and prominent of the candidates, but could he have actually done it?
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Chuka rules himself out watch
- Thread Starter
- 15-05-2015 10:50
- 15-05-2015 11:15
As someone who badly wants Labour to be in government as soon as possible, this is excellent news. All Umunna had going for him was that he was media-friendly, and could have maybe been seen as vaguely competent with the economy being shadow business secretary.
Otherwise, he was pretty much all style over substance, lacking any principles beyond a desire to move Labour towards the right again, which is the opposite of what the party should be doing in my opinion. Plus, seeing as 4 million members of the electorate just voted UKIP, there is no way this super young Blairite who represents the multicultural face of London would have won those voters back. As a black guy it burns me to say that, but I just couldn't see him winning back those vital northern and eastern (and even Scottish) seats.
Having said all this, I have no idea who I'd like to see take the leadership. The Labour frontbenches seem to be seriously lacking in talent right now.
- 15-05-2015 11:19
Probably good for the Labour party.
- 15-05-2015 12:55
Definitely style over substance, not the most charismatic. And would make no inroads on the votes Labour are losing to UKIP in the dispossessed voters in their heartlands. Rightly they see him as someone who has no empathy or understanding of them.
- 15-05-2015 14:58
Chuka is one of the few Labour members that I saw as decent and competent. He was also quite articulate.