The Labour leadership hopeful claimed her party’s mistake at the latest election was that of announcing too many policies at once, confusing voters on the party’s priorities and long-term plans. She said: “I think what we saw in this election was a lot of confusion, we were announcing policies every day and even myself as a shadow cabinet member found it quite difficult to keep up with the number of things that were being announced.” But BBC Breakfast host Naga Munchetty immediately lashed out at the Labour leadership candidate, pointing out she was a crucial part of the failing team.
The BBC host blasted: “What I find confusing is that by your own admission, you were part of the team helping make policies.
“And helping with the message. So you got this wrong.
“You got the strategy wrong.”
As Ms Long-Bailey argued she “wasn’t delivery the election strategy” and defended Labour’s nationalisation plans on infrastructure, the BBC host added: “That didn’t land with the voters, though. Did it?
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“That was one you put out there and there was a lot of criticism and questioning from the media and voters.
“That didn’t fly.”
The Labour frontbencher is considered to be the continuity candidate of the race.
And last month, Jeremy Corbyn himself appeared to throw his support behind Ms Long-Bailey at a left-wing event.
The veteran left-winger delivered an endorsement for Ms Long-Bailey at a retirement party for former MP Ronnie Campbell.
Mr Corbyn, who in December led the Labour Party to their worst election defeat since before the Second World War even began, referred to Ms Long-Bailey as “our candidate” at the Saturday night event.
Mr Corbyn said: “It’s an absolute pleasure to be here alongside Becky Long-Bailey, our candidate for leader.
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“I’ve known Becky since she came in to parliament and we’ve worked very well together. She has done the most to develop our trade union policies.”
In a swipe to other candidates in the race – due to end in April when the new leader of the party will be announced – he added Ms Long-Bailey had been “steadfast” during the failed coup by Labour MPs in 2016.
Though Mr Corbyn’s aides said the outgoing leader had not intended to have spoken at the event in an “inclusive way”.