Long Bailey breaks with Corbyn over pressing nuclear button
Asked about Labour’s general election defeat, leadership contender Rebecca Long Bailey told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme the party weren’t “trusted” on many issues.
Pressed on Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership, Long Bailey said: “I supported Jeremy. I still support Jeremy because I felt that he was the right man with the right moral integrity to lead the party.”
But she did say he must take “ultimate responsibility” for the party’s election failure.
She also took a different tack on the nuclear issue. Asked whether she would be prepared to launch a nuclear strike as prime minister, she said: “If you have a deterrent you have to be prepared to use it.
“But I’m not going to be a warmonger foaming at the mouth and saying that I’m going to press a button, because any leader needs to ensure that they assess the situation … But, yes, a leader would need to be prepared to engage in that if they were going to use the nuclear deterrent going forward.”
The shadow business secretary also said: “I have not seen any economic evidence to suggest that the influx of workers from any country across the world at the moment has depressed wages in any way.”