Jon Lansman: Labour doesn’t need to make leadership call ‘until the New Year’
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Jon Lansman: Labour doesn’t need to make leadership call ‘until the New Year’

Jewish left-wing activist who helped found Corbyn-supporting group Momentum, said the decision shouldn't be made instantly

Momentum chief Jon Lansman  (Photo Credit: Eli Gaventa)
Momentum chief Jon Lansman (Photo Credit: Eli Gaventa)

Founder of Momentum, Jon Lansman, said the decision on whether Labour should replace Jeremy Corbyn as party leader doesn’t need to be taken “until the New Year”.

Mr Lansman said Mr Corbyn has “achieved a great deal” on issues such as austerity, and that the election was “incredibly polarised because of Brexit”.

Speaking on ITV, he said: “I think maybe the manifesto was too long and too detailed, it’s a programme actually not for a government, but for 10 years. I think it’s a good programme, but maybe we need to have shorter, snappier manifestos.”

Mr Lansman, who is Jewish, continued: “The result is a disastrous result because millions of people in this country who are suffering from the affects of austerity are going to suffer badly.”

On whether Mr Corbyn should be replaced, he added: “I think Jeremy has to make those decisions himself. You know Jeremy has always been a reluctant leader, I don’t think he’ll overstay his welcome.

“But I think he should be able to make decisions. And I don’t think we should rush into these things. Christmas is not far away, I don’t think decisions really need to be taken about this until the New Year.”

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