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BBC Newsnight hosted Labour leadership candidates Sir Keir Starmer, Emily Thornberry, Rebecca Long-Bailey and Lisa Nandy to debate on who would be the next leader of the Labour Party.

PUBLISHED: 22:54, Wed, Feb 12, 2020 | UPDATED: 22:59, Wed, Feb 12, 2020

Labour leadership candidate Lisa Nandy admitted the party hasn’t learnt its lessons from the last general election where Jeremy Corbyn suffered a huge defeat losing seats to the Conservatives. The Wigan MP tore apart Labour key election policies including nationalisation of public services and slashing tuition fees. BBC Newsnight host asked: “Have you learnt your lessons from the past election?”

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Ms Nandy replied: “I don’t think we have because one of the things that we did in the last election was we made promises that we simply couldn’t keep.

“The lesson from the last election and the ones before that is people are smarter than we think.

“We cannot carry on going around as a party making promises to nationalise everything or slash tuition fees.

“We haven’t got a clue how we would do it and how we would pay for it.

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BBC NewsnightLabour leadership candidate Lisa Nandy admitted the party hasn’t learnt its lessons (Image: BBC )

BBC NewsnightThe Wigan MP tore apart Labour key election policies (Image: BBC )

“People are smarter than that. We have to be honest with them.

“The problems we have as a country are very, very complex, the solutions are hard and they require hard choices.”

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