Sunday 25 March 2018

Only Burnham will make Labour credible - Steve Coogan

Comedian Steve Coogan, pictured, is backing Andy Burnham to be Labour leader
Comedian Steve Coogan, pictured, is backing Andy Burnham to be Labour leader

Labour supporters must elect Andy Burnham as their new leader for the party to stand any "chance of becoming credible opposition again", actor and comedian Steve Coogan said.

The Labour supporter said a YouGov poll showing Jeremy Corbyn as runaway leader in the four-way competition brought home "the levels of arrogance and delusion that have filled the ranks for the party".

Coogan, best-known for his role as outspoken radio and television host Alan Partridge, backed Labour's doomed general election bid and has now come out in support of former culture secretary Mr Burnham.

In a comment piece for the Guardian, the writer and producer said "millions of Britons need a Labour government, and they need one soon".

He said: "With Burnham we have the prospect of a leader who espouses true Labour values, will be a strong voice in opposition, will hold the party together and will lead a radically progressive Labour government from 2020.

"With Corbyn, we face a splintered party full of in-fighting with an unelectable leader who is viewed by the public and the press as a laughable oddity.

"That will be nothing more than a gift to the Tories, keeping them in power for the next decade."

Mr Corbyn, seen as a radical left-winger, has emerged as the front-runner to take Labour's top job after storming ahead of his rivals in polls.

The leader is expected to be announced at a conference on September 12.

Press Association

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