/Which Labour leadership candidate to vote for – based on their policies

Which Labour leadership candidate to vote for – based on their policies

Hundreds of thousands of ballot papers start being issued this week in the race to be Labour leader.

Almost 600,000 members, plus affiliates and registered supporters, will have six weeks to choose who should replace Jeremy Corbyn and rebuild the party from its historic defeat.

To some members Rebecca Long-Bailey, Keir Starmer and Lisa Nandy are profoundly different – and they may well take Labour in radically different directions.

To others it’s hard to put a cigarette paper between their policies.

After all, all three back nationalising the railways. All three back the Board of Deputies pledges on anti-Semitism. All three pledge more power to the regions. And all three would scrap Universal Credit.

Scratch beneath the surface, however, and subtle differences appear.

Lisa Nandy, Keir Starmer and Rebecca Long-Bailey are all vying for your vote
(Image: Getty/Dean Noroozi)

While Rebecca Long Bailey would go for full-blown nationalisation of key industries, her two rivals lean more towards “common” or community ownership that stops short of a state buyout.

While Keir Starmer has pledged a return to free movement between the UK and EU, Rebecca Long-Bailey has suggested Labour may have to accept the reality that it’s finished and move on.

And while all three would back scrapping uni tuition fees, Lisa Nandy for example believes the policy should not be the first priority of a Labour government.

Many Labour members have probably already decided who to vote for, but others may be struggling with the decision before the ballot closes on April 2.

Rebecca Long-Bailey would go for full nationalisation of key industries
(Image: Darren Staples)

So to help the waverers, we’ve compiled a basic scoresheet comparing all three candidates on policy.

We studied their public pledges and speeches, and went to their teams to get the most comprehensive picture possible of where they stand on the key issues.

While of course this isn’t a complete list – and more policies could be announced as the contest rolls on – it should help inform you when you decide who you want to vote for.

Labour leadership policies compared

Lisa Nandy’s policies include focusing more on wealth when taxing people
(Image: Darren Staples)
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