Thursday 29 September 2016

Burton faces Labour backlash

Published 13/04/2016 | 02:30

Joan Burton Photo: AFP/Getty
Joan Burton Photo: AFP/Getty

Acting Tánaiste Joan Burton faces a backlash from within the Labour Party if she attempts to cling on to the leadership.

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Sources close to Ms Burton have confirmed that she believes there should be a party leadership contest and is considering put her name forward.

The move has caused surprise among her colleagues, who had assumed the 67-year-old would step aside once a government is formed.

A senior party source suggested that Brendan Howlin will not put his name forward if it emerges Ms Burton and Environment Minister Alan Kelly will both contest the vote.

"Joan needs to realise that the members want change and that means neither her nor Alan should be leader," said the source.

The Irish Independent understands that Ms Burton and Mr Kelly have held a number of discussions about the leadership by phone and in person.

There has been informal agreement reached that Mr Kelly will not join the chorus of members calling for Ms Burton to step down.

Irish Independent

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