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Abolish the monarchy! Fury as Labour hopeful Lisa Nandy demands Royal Family are SCRAPPED

Ms Nandy, who is considered as the outlier of the three candidates, revealed that should the opportunity arise, she would vote to abolish the monarchy. She did, however, explain that the issue would not be a main priority if she were Labour leader.

But, as a democrat, she would not vote to keep the established monarchy in place - though she admitted that she would "quite like to see Queen Meghan at some point".

Meanwhile, frontrunner, Keir Starmer, said he would “downsize” the royals but not get ride of them.

And, left-wing contender, Rebecca Long-Bailey, said she would not abolish the monarchy.

Ms Nandy’s admission particularly stirred furore among prospective voters and opponents alike, with many taking to Twitter to voice their outrage.

Lisa Nandy said she would vote to abolish the monarchy as she is a democrat

Lisa Nandy said she would vote to abolish the monarchy as she is a democrat (Image: GETTY)

The leader hopefuls were engaged in debate at an event in Glasgow

The leader hopefuls were engaged in debate at an event in Glasgow (Image: GETTY)

One user wrote: “If I was a Labour voter watching the future Leaders on display I would lose the will to live.”

Another said: “By the time she or any other labour party member gets into office it might have already happened.”

A third person put it: “Nope.

“She was my favourite before this stupid statement.

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Other candidates disagreed with Nandy, like Rebecca Long-Bailey, who wouldn't abolish the royals

Other candidates disagreed with Nandy, like Rebecca Long-Bailey, who wouldn't abolish the royals (Image: GETTY)

“Not anymore.”

The exchange came during a live TV debate on Channel 4 just days after the bid to find a replacement for current leader, Jeremy Corbyn, was slimmed down to three after Emily Thornberry was eliminated on Friday.

Nope. she was my favourite before this stupid statement. not anymore.

Ms Long-Bailey used the debate to call for the government to call a new investigation into the ethics and morality of the media.

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Keir Starmer said he would downsize the monarchy but not abolish it totally

Keir Starmer said he would downsize the monarchy but not abolish it totally (Image: GETTY)

The Labour leadership hustings took place at SEC in Glasgow on Saturday

The Labour leadership hustings took place at SEC in Glasgow on Saturday (Image: GETTY)

It comes in the wake of the passing of TV presenter, Caroline Flack, who died earlier this week.

Somewhat controversially, when the contenders were asked to name their favourite Labour leader of the past 50 years, none answered Tony Blair or Mr Corbyn.

While Ms Long-Bailey chose Clement Attlee - who left the leadership 75 years ago - Sir Starmer opted for Harold Wilson.

Ms Nandy revealed her favourite as the one “we are about to elect”.

Emily Thornberry has since been eliminated from the leadership challenge

Emily Thornberry has since been eliminated from the leadership challenge (Image: Express Newspapers)

On the topic of the monarchy, Ms Nandy said: “I’m a democrat, so I would vote to scrap it, but actually this is not the priority as a country.”

Sir Keir said: “I wouldn’t.

“I think I’d downsize it.”

Taking a polar view, which critics say is surprising considering her Corbynista and left-wing stance, Ms Long-Bailey said: “I wouldn’t vote to abolish the monarchy."

The UK is a constitutional monarchy with the sovereign the head of state

The UK is a constitutional monarchy with the sovereign the head of state (Image: GETTY)

On Ms Flack, she added: “There's a huge issue to look at in terms of online bullying and social media companies and the way that the press - certainly the tabloids - respond to that and amplify that.

“I think we need to ensure that the government puts pressure on the social media companies to tackle online abuse on their platforms.

“But I also think that the government needs to press ahead with the second stage of the Leveson inquiry about examining the role of the media within society - a free press but also upholding ethical and moral principles.”