Boris Johnson has a majority of 80 after the December general election, which saw Labour lose seats in its northern heartlands. Tim Bale, a professor of politics at Queen Mary, University of London, said the next Labour leader will be someone who does it until there’s another Labour Prime Minister or will stay in the role for 8 to 10 years.
Related articles Labour MP mocked for ‘deluded’ Keir Starmer’s Brexit prediction Deluded! Labour MP makes ridiculous claim UK could RETURN to EU Mr Bale told Express.co.uk: “I think Labour is in a really, really difficult position.
“It’s very difficult to imagine Labour actually breaking the Conservative majority at the next election which presumably will be in 2024.
“Whoever they elect as the leader is either going to be someone who just does it until the next Labour Prime Minister takes over or it’s going to be someone who is there for 8 possibly even 10 years.
“I’m not so sure when people say it has to be someone from the north or it has to be a woman is as important as getting someone who relatable to the electorate and who has the air of authority.”
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Boris Johnson has a majority of 80 after the December general election (Image: GETTY ) He added the Labour Party needs to project pragmatism after suffering general election losses.
It comes as Labour leadership hopefuls are set to battle it out for the top job after Jeremy Corbyn announced he will step down following his humiliating defeat in the 2019 general election
Sir Keir Starmer is currently topping popularity polls above Rebecca Long-Bailey, Jess Phillips, Lisa Nandy, Clive Lewis and Emily Thornberry.
Mr Bale said Mr Johnson and the Tory party will be “rubbing their hands” if the next Labour Party leader is Rebecca Long-Bailey.
Labour lost seats in its northern heartlands (Image: GETTY) The deputy director of The UK in a Changing Europe believes Birmingham Yardley MP Jess Phillips would make things “awkward” for Mr Johnson.
He told Express.co.uk: “I think the Tories will be rubbing their hands if it’s Rebecca Long-Bailey.
“I think the Conservatives will be far more concerned if it was someone with a little bit more charisma, something about them, someone like Jess Phillips for example who I think will really take the fight to the Conservative in a way that I think will be quite awkward for Boris Johnson to handle.
“But I think generally speaking the Conservatives would prefer Labour to elect somebody who is seen as 'continuity Corbyn' rather than someone who is seen as pragmatic and centrist or especially someone who is a new face.”
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Speaking on Radio 4’s Today programme, Mr Streeting said: “As ever with Jess honesty is the best policy.
“She’s set out in the Independent today a really clear pitch on where she stands on Europe including being honest about the fact that if people want to join the rejoin campaign, they shouldn’t expect her to be launching it any time soon.
“In all likelihood, the next Labour manifesto won’t contain a commitment to rejoin.”