Jeremy Corbyn or Owen Smith – who would you choose?

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Owen Smith will take on Jeremy Corbyn for the Labour leadership in a head-to-head race that will see the pair clash repeatedly during the summer before a result is announced at the party’s conference on 24 September.

The Pontypridd MP became the sole challenger to Corbyn following a decision by Angela Eagle to pull out of the race after it became clear she would fall short of her opponent when it came to nominations from MPs and MEPs.

Both men will now take their campaigns to members, with ballot papers and online voting information being sent out to eligible members, who joined before January, on 22 August. They then have a month to decide before returning their papers by 21 September or voting online, with the result announced at Labour’s Liverpool conference.

So who would you choose? Would you like to see ‘Jexit’ or do you think Jeremy should stay?

Jeremy Corbyn or Owen Smith - who would be your choice for leader of the Labour Party?

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BrumEJ43
9th Sep 2016
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mariangrove
2nd Sep 2016
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What a choice? tweedle dumb or tweedle dumber! Has the Labour party ever been in a worse mess. We lose which ever way it turns out.
celtwitch
18th Aug 2016
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Corbynchev looks like a homeless man who has been spruced up by the Salvation Army for a court appearance. Smithski on the other hand has the look of a man in love with the sense of his own importance. Both are ultra left wing cultural Marxists, which is exactly what this country does NOT need.
Labour are finished, and deservedly so, the only serious challenge to the dreadful Tories is UKIP.
lonemoan
3rd Sep 2016
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I could not agree more with all your perceptive and witty comments.
Nursek
2nd Sep 2016
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Clothes do not maketh the man. What is wrong with his policies of a caring society and making the rich pay their way. We are the fifth richest nation in the world and yet have to provide food banks for thousands of working families as their wages are disgracefully low. But the rich are getting richer off the backs of paying these poverty causing wages. I'm with Jeremy all the way
celtwitch
3rd Sep 2016
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Do you think that things would improve under a Corbyn administration?
And can you name just ONE successful socialist country.
Have you seen what's happening to Venezuela?
Wilf
2nd Sep 2016
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I think the rich always get richer its the way of the world unfortunatly. I think we are getting a more balanced society now days. But the richest like the internet billionaires...have earned it...we need innovation
lizfid3
14th Aug 2016
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What a choice, or should I say lack of choice. Whether or not you agree with Brexit, the majority spoke, but Smith is going to ignore that and hold an immediate referendum to" reverse the referendum" if he is elected. Fortunately there is not much chance of that. There is not one person in the Labour party who stands out as a strong personality capable of taking on the Conservatives or making the Labour party electable. Those members of the shadow cabinet who resigned on the election of Jeremy Corbin as party leader are the ones who preached we are better to stay in Europe as we can make more effective changes from the inside. That obviously did not apply to the shadow cabinet? They turned and ran at the first hurdle, how on earth can we trust them to govern the country? Sack the lot of them and start again.
celtwitch
30th Jul 2016
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it's like choosing between arsenic and strychnine, both will kill you, but which would you prefer?
The Labour party are finished as a serious alternative to the Tory's and now Ukip, their disastrous policies are having lasting implications for the UK.
Traitor Jack Straw who is responsible for turning Blackburn into the 3rd most muslim town in Europe. Tony Blair's foolish invasion of` Iraq (leave muslim countries to their dictator leaders/mullahs) and Gordon Brown's naive decision to flog off the gold stocks and raid our pension pots.
You may have noticed that there have been no honours for this unholy trinity, no knighthoods and no peerages, and rightly so.
davehughes
30th Jul 2016
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I hope that Jeremy wins as this gives us a certain future with a Conservative Government for a further term!
greenpea
7th Aug 2016
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Yes, this is what worries me if Jeremy Corbin does stay.
joanairey
24th Jul 2016
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Neither of them but I have a feeling Corbyn will get in again. Either way I don't think Labour will get in power again in my lifetime.
I can see some MPs defecting to either the LibDems or starting up a new Labout party. They will probably call it New Labour. This will leave a rump of a leftist party and things will get pretty fragmented. The Tories will just love it.
What we need is a strong opposition to put pressure on the government of the day and there is no-one around to take on the mantle as far as I can see. A Tony Blair type of character?????
davittsdame37
20th Aug 2016
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OMG dont mention that evil man. Blair and Bush the terrible twosome,who are responsible for the mess in Syria etc., and the ISIS ISIL terrorists. Blair made a fortune and even was able to see his young son become a homeowner whilst a teenager. The people of Syria and other countries in the region have suffered hell on earth and i cant see an end of it any time soon. Whilst Blair and Bush became millionaires. I did write to Jeremy Corbyns office and suggested that he needs a stylist as he looks like some old chap who has a model railway in his loft where he stays most of his time. I suggested that he should get a stylist and probably remove the unattractive facial hair. I got a reply from his office thanking me for writing and they actually asked me if I would like to make a contribution to the Labour Party!!!!!! My Granddaughter laughed so much she was crying the whole thing is like a Monty Python sketch. I think i might go to live in Scotland.
Wilf
20th Aug 2016
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I agree with you on Blair. A socialist worth £30+ million. He is a total joke and I would not believe a word he says. Corbyn comes across as a nice guy but he is a mess and not a leader. Labour need to sort themselves out to be a credible opposition to the Tories. At least Cameron has gone. I thought he was ok but he let himself down giving all the gongs to his mates at the end. Why are humans SO stupid? Amazing
Roof Top Crow
22nd Jul 2016
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Owen Smith is left of centre and has long been thought of as a future leader of the Labour party. Jeremy Corbyn is very well meaning but does not seem to be in touch with international politics.
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A headline in a recent newspaper said the following:
Owen Smith to lead the Labour Party.
Jeremy Corbyn to lead a protest demonstration.
Wilf
23rd Jul 2016
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I like your last line! Its a real issue this as we have no effective opposition in the UK and we are supposed to be a major democracy...we are heading towards a one party state run by the Tories!
Lionel
22nd Jul 2016
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I don't care who leads the Labour Party. We need a strong, effective opposition party in the Commons. That state has not existed since perhaps Wilson and Hume back in 1963.

As things stand today the nation is throwing off the yoke of heavy handed, unthinking politics and going for something different. If others such as Watt Tyler, Oliver Cromwell and several more hadn't done the same thing we would not have a parliamentary democracy.

The Labour Party hasn't much chance of being elected anyway. But we must have a strong opposition, or else our democracy, even in the tatters we see it today, cannot exist. We will continue to be a one party state which is effectively a dictatorship. Without an effective opposition the Tories will continue in their dream, the natural party of government, and that won't be good for any of us.
davitts dame
21st Jul 2016
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never heard of one of them. Jeremy Corbyn reminds me of the sort of man I somehow got stuck with when going to the quiet part of the library where one could sit and read, the man who had a whiff of mothballs about him. I would think he is some childs favourite uncle probably has a few sweeties in his pocket.(Werners Originals and Humbugs) Oh how I wish he would release that ragng bull hiding within. and change from Norman Wisdom into Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Munsterlander
19th Jul 2016
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Who on earth is Owen Smith-never heard of him? I like Jeremy at least he seems like a decent fellow
Lionel
19th Jul 2016
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It matters little who is the Leader of the Labour Party; whilst on the opposition benches they must provide effective, powerful and authoritative opposition to these extreme right wing Tories now in power.

But we must ask ourselves, when was the last time Labour provided effective opposition? My guess is when Wilson confronted Alec Douglas Hume back in, hold on, we were all young then, 1963-64?

Any other ideas?
Wilf
19th Jul 2016
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Yes what about when Blair was heading up Labour. He slaughtered John Major who was about as grey and boring as they come
Lionel
19th Jul 2016
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Wilf, OK, I'll give you that one. But anymore come to mind?
Wilf
20th Jul 2016
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No I think thats about it Lionel-you are correct not good for democracy
Lionel
20th Jul 2016
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Yes, I was struggling too! Democracy, well it's like the tango, my wife tells me, it takes two!

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