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Clive Lewis becomes second Corbynista to enter Labour leadership race and vows to be MORE radical than Red Jez


CLIVE Lewis last night became the second Corbynista to enter the Labour leadership race — and vowed to be more radical than Red Jez.

But party moderates are delighted at the news as they think it will split the hard-left vote and allow them to take control.

Mr Lewis, one of John McDonnell’s deputies in the shadow treasury team, has been asking trade unions if they will back his leadership bid.
And yesterday, Labour MP Rachael Maskell let slip about his fledging campaign on the BBC.
She said she will be supporting “somebody who is radical, is progressive” and committed to tackling climate change and radical economics.
She added: “I’ll be supporting Clive Lewis.”

Setting out his stall, Mr Lewis told The Guardian Mr Corbyn’s first vow as leader “was not fulfilled”.

He added: “The party was never democratised on the scale that members were led to expect.

“They were never empowered to campaign, select candidates or determine policy on the scale that was required.”

The move would pit Mr Lewis against felllow leftwinger Rebecca Long-Bailey, who is one of the favourites for the leadership.
It comes as fellow contender Emily Thornberry insisted she is not too posh to be Labour leader by revealing she used to clean toilets on ferries for a living.

She told LBC: “The kids when they got seasick would go into the ladies loos, and I went in one day and every sink was full of sick.
“Every sick bowl was full of sick, every loo was full of sick and as I was standing there, leaning on me broom, a little boy came running in and was sick three times on the floor.
“I thought at that point I may be being paid £180 a week but it’s not worth the money.”

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