News | Published December 20 2019

Clive Lewis officially enters race for Labour leadership

Clive Lewis, Labour MP for Norwich South and shadow Treasury minister, has officially announced he will enter the race to become Labour leader.

Announcing his entry into the leadership process, Lewis wrote in the Guardian that he feared “necessary truths may go unspoken” if he did not stand.

Emily Thornberry, the shadow foreign secretary, is the only other Labour MP to officially announce their candidacy.

Other potential challengers include Rebecca Long Bailey, Sir Keir Starmer, Lisa Nandy and Yvette Cooper.

Jeremy Corbyn, the current Labour leader, has announced he will step down in early 2020.

In the article announcing his candidacy, Lewis praised Corbyn for “inspiring a new generation of members” but criticised “indecisiveness” over Brexit and “disconnected policies” put forward by Labour during the election campaign.

He highlighted his intention to strengthen the power of grassroots campaigners, calling for an “army of activists” who have a “serious democratic stake in the movement.”

He added: “I don’t want to manage the labour movement, I want to unleash it.”

Lewis has been MP for Norwich South since the 2015 election and became a shadow energy minister shortly after Corbyn became leader. 

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George Salmon
Political Editor
December 20 2019

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