THE ELECTION of a new Labour leader will be played out before the public, Harriet Harman will declare on Monday (18).
The party’s acting leader will pledge an “open” contest and will reveal party chiefs have already begun talks with broadcasters about staging hustings with members of the public given a key role.
In a speech at the party’s HQ, marking the start of Labour’s fightback, Harman is expected to say: “As we conduct this debate, as we elect our leader and deputy leader, we must have the public in the forefront of our minds.
“We must let the public in. Into the process and into our minds as we make the decisions about who is our next leader and how we go forward. So we are going to start that with how we do the leadership elections.
Harman added that Labour should not be “afraid” of “letting the public in” and is expected to add: “Indeed if there is one thought that I think should drive the thinking of our members as we elect a new leadership team it is this - which of them has the best qualities and leadership skills most likely to win over the support of the public?
“Not the politically obsessed public, the people like us, but the people who don’t decide about their choice of MP And choice of government until they have to.”
“We need to see this process as one that is not merely electing a new leader and deputy leader. But one that is helping to rebuild old connections and fashion new connections with a public that rejected us north and south.”