The Labour leadership candidate stood her ground against the BBC veteran despite his reputation as the “toughest interrogator” of politicians at the BBC. Lisa Nandy, who secured the number of nominations required to go through to the next stage of the Labour leadership race on Monday, was quick to respond to Mr Neil’s questions on both Brexit and her plans to save the Labour Party following the catastrophic election results.
BBC viewers were quick to take to Twitter to congratulate the Labour MP on her TV performance.
One user wrote: “Lisa Nandy, well done on taking on Andrew Neil and giving clear and robust answers and staying strong against the oh so boringly bullish line of questioning we see on #andrewneilshow all too often.”
And another: I’m a huge fan of Andrew Neil’s but Lisa Nandy handled that interview extremely well against the toughest of interrogators.”
The Labour leadership hopeful was even congratulated by a Tory Brexiteer.
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He wrote: “Just watched Lisa Nandy on Neill. I voted Tory and wanted Brexit but she totally impressed me. Way above all the other chaff for leader of Labour.”
And another supporter: “One of the better performances on this show against a very tough interviewer. Already respected Lisa Nandy and that has grown tonight.”
The impressive interview comes in stark contrast to Jeremy Corbyn’s performance against Andrew Neil back in November, ahead of the December elections.
During the interview, the Labour leader failed to apologise to the British Jewish community, despite the host promoting him six times to do so.