Yesterday the shadow business secretary, dubbed Labour’s “continuity” candidate, told ITV News’ Paul Brand she marked Jeremy Corbyn’s premiership as a “10 out of 10”. The Labour leadership hopeful was heavily mocked for the remark, with MPs from her own party even hurling criticism on Ms Long Bailey for heaping praise on Mr Corbyn after Labour’s worst election defeat since 1935. Now it has emerged Ms Long Bailey’s campaign team fear the comments have harmed her campaign, as one insider admitted the interview was “really bad”.
Speaking on BBC Newsnight last night political editor Nick Watt reported on “deep nerves” inside the Long Bailey camp.
He said that one close ally of the shadow business secretary claimed the uneasiness has been caused by three factors.
The first is that Ms Long Bailey was “unprepared” for the leadership bid, as she didn’t believe Mr Corbyn would do as badly as he did in the December 2019 general election and so didn’t think he would resign.
Secondly, the Labour frontbencher spent the Christmas break abroad as she had a “family commitment”.
Rebecca Long Bailey scored Jeremy Corbyn as "10 out of 10" (Image: ITV News)
Rebecca Long Bailey's team are confident she will win because of her close ties to Jeremy Corbyn (Image: Getty)
Mr Watt said the source described the trip as “unhelpful”, presumably because it left with less time to prepare for her leadership bid.
The final hurdle was the “bad interview” with ITV News which aired yesterday afternoon.
He said: “Then to top it all, as one of her allies described to me a bad interview with ITN this afternoon when she gave Jeremy Corbyn 10 out of 10.”
But the source was adamant that despite the difficulties facing Ms Long Bailey, she “will win” the leadership contest.
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Rebecca Long Bailey was mocked for branding Jeremy Corbyn 10/10 (Image: Twitter)