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Lisa Nandy


LOOKING to the Labour party ranks, Lisa Nandy is surely one of the most recognisable to voters.

Following Labour’s disastrous performance in the 2019 general election, Nandy made headlines when she confirmed that she was standing in the leadership race to replace Jeremy Corbyn.

The party had never had a female leader before and Nandy looked to be a strong candidate for the role, having secured backing from a raft of prominent lawmakers, including Jess Phillips, Jon Ashworth, Stella Creasy and Melanie Onn.

“We need to think seriously now about first of all how you bring those lifelong Labour voters – who felt that they not only couldn’t vote Labour but actually in many instances chose the Tories – how you bring Labour home to them,” Nandy said at the time.

Despite promising to lead a “compassionate, radical, dynamic government that (she) firmly believes most people want and deserve”, Nandy came in third place with 16.3 per cent of the vote, behind Sir Keir Starmer (who eventually won the leadership race) and Rebecca Long-Bailey.

Not long after his election as leader, Starmer appointed Nandy as shadow foreign secretary in his shadow cabinet. “It’s a real honour to be tasked with leading Labour’s foreign policy response in these difficult times,” she said, shortly after her appointment in April.

In addition to her politics, Nandy is famous for her no-nonsense approach too. She has slammed her own party’s handling of anti-Semitism allegations; expressed her preference for US president-elect Joe Biden over Donald Trump and criticised Russia’s record on human rights and the Salisbury poisoning in 2018.

She even challenged journalist Piers Morgan on live television last January, after he claimed the press coverage of Meghan Markle was not racist. “If you don’t mind me saying, how on earth would you know? As

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