How Lisa Nandy supporters reacted to her Labour leadership contest defeat

MPs and well-wishers have reacted with pride and sadness in equal parts after the news that Lisa Nandy lost out in her bid to become the next Labour leader.

Saturday, 4th April 2020, 11:40 am
Updated Saturday, 4th April 2020, 11:42 am
Rebecca Long-Bailey, Lisa Nandy and Sir Keir Starmer

The Wigan MP fell at the final hurdle in the race to become the next leader of the oppostion. Sir Keir Starmer won the contest in the first round of voting, with Angela Rayner also emphatically winning the contest to become the new deputy leader.

And while many took to social media to congratulate the new leader, there were many messages of support for Ms Nandy.

MP Jess Phillips, who had dropped out of the leadership race in its early rounds, tweeted: "Congratulations @Keir_Starmer looking forward to getting the Labour party back to power, and bravo @AngelaRayner. All fought fairly and @lisanandy inspired me throughout."

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Conservative MP Andrea Leadsom said: "Still no female leader for the Labour Party then. Such a shame - @lisanandy would have been a strong choice".

Actor and writer David Schneider wrote: "Special mention for @lisanandy whose clarity and ability to communicate has impressed so much. What an asset for Labour!"

Labour MP for Batley & Spen, Tracy Brabin tweeted: "Congratulations to @Keir_Starmer and commiserations to @RLong_Bailey and @lisanandy who campaigned with respect, intelligence and dignity in incredibly difficult circumstances. It’s a new start for @UKLabour and I am extremely excited for the future."

Many of Ms Nandy's supporters also offered their commiserations to her on social media.

Angela Rayner has become the new deputy Labour leader

Louise Baldock said: "Thanks for standing Lisa. You were outstanding. Your day will surely come. Hope you get a really big shadow cabinet position. Shadow chancellor perhaps"

Dylan Brown tweeted: "Thank you Lisa for inspiring me to join the party again, you haven't won the leadership, but you've won our hearts. I hope you play a big part in the leadership going forward."

And Ben Wesson commented: "You restored my faith in Labour, Lisa. Well done on a well fought campaign. I hope Keir invites you to join the Shadow Cabinet."