Labour leadership hopeful Rebecca Long-Bailey savaged by caller for being too 'posh'

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The caller introduced as Ian from Bayswater took aim at Ms Long-Bailey for having a double-barrelled name claiming it went against her image of a “daughter of a docker”. Mr Ferrari questioned whether double-barrelled surnames were still considered to be “posh” in today’s society. Ian went on to slam some of the other Labour leadership candidates for pretending “dragged up from the gutter”.  

Ian said: “I don’t think that Rebecca Long-Bailey should have had a double-barrelled name.”

Mr Ferrari asked: “You don’t think she should have had a double-barrelled name?”

The caller replied: “No it is not going to appeal to the people that she is trying to appeal to by having a posh double-barrelled name.

“It flys in the face of her being the daughter of a docker, do you see what I mean?”

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The LBC host said: “Certainly you’re right in days gone by double-barrelled names were probably for the aristocracy.

“Now what often happens with regular couples is mum doesn’t want to give up her last name so they merge the last two names.

“Do you really still think it is a sign of being posh?”

Ian argued: “I think it will give the sign of her being posh.

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Nick Ferrari questioned Ian’s stance on double-barrelled surnames (Image: LBC)

“They are all trying to outdo themselves in being dragged up from the gutter when they’re not.

“Keir Starmer was a top lawyer, Emily Thornberry is married to a high court judge.”

Earlier this month during an interview with LBC Tony Blair’s former adviser Lance Price stated a new Labour leadership team of Rebecca Long-Bailey and Richard Burgon would leave the party “finished”.

Mr Price was discussing the potential next Labour party leader during an interview with Andrew Castle.

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Ms Long-Bailey and Mr Burgon have been suggested as a possible new leadership team but Mr Castle said regarding the duo “Rebecca Long-Bailey and Richard Burgon and I mean, you’ve got to be kidding me?”

Mr Price replied: “Well, if that was the leadership team, then Labour would be finished.”

The LBC host stated: “People will say why do you say that Andrew, why do you say that Lance Price?”

Mr Price responded: “Because they come from such a narrow section of the Labour Party, in terms of in terms of its thinking, never mind anything else and because they represent the kind of politics that has led us to being in the position that it was back in 1935.

“Worse than it ever was under Margaret Thatcher and when Michael Foot was the leader of the Labour Party, and it suggests that the party simply hasn’t listened to the message that the electorate gave them this week, last week.”


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