Louth & Horncastle’s Labour candidate backs Liz Kendall for leader

Louth & Horncastle's candidate for the Labour Party, Matt Brown, with Austin Mitchell and supporters back in March 2015. EMN-150826-132223001
Louth & Horncastle's candidate for the Labour Party, Matt Brown, with Austin Mitchell and supporters back in March 2015. EMN-150826-132223001

Matt Brown, who stood as Labour’s parliamentary candidate for Louth & Horncastle at the general election in May, has declared his support for Liz Kendall to become the new party leader.

Ms Kendall is one of the four candidates who are standing for election as Labour Party leader following Ed Miliband’s resignation, although current polling suggests that she is the least likely candidate to win when the results are decided next month.

Matt Brown, who is still an active local politician in North East Lincolnshire, said: “My preferred candidate for the Leadership of the Labour Party is Liz Kendall MP. It is important that the Labour Party take stock as to why we lost the General Election in May; the public were not convinced by many of our policies.”

He added: “Liz recognises that the British public are aspirational, and that at its heart the Labour Party support aspiration. Whilst those with the broadest shoulders should take the heaviest load, we should work with businesses to create jobs not just sling mud like the TUSC.”

Matt Brown named Yvette Cooper as his second choice, and he is supporting Tom Watson to become the party’s new deputy leader.

He reiterated his admiration for Ed Miliband as “a very honourable man who led with dignity, passion and vision”, but warned against the Labour Party moving to the left, as he believes that members of the public do not think that a radical left wing alternative is palatable.

Matt concluded: “Labour must win back swathes of middle England if it is to win back the keys to 10 Downing Street.

“We need to win seats such as Cleethorpes, Lincoln, Corby and Brighton Pavilion.

“This can only be done with a united party and one that listens. Whoever forms the Leadership team, we as a party must unite behind them.”