These contests are taking their toll on us all

With Gordon Brown leaving his position of Labour Party leader after the loss of power at the last election, many of us – from inside and outside of the party – feared a rushed contest to instate a new leader.

And now what do we have? The months are dragging by before the final membership ballot. In a ceremonial announcement, the new leader will not be announced until the annual conference at the end of September. Countrywide hustings, union and constituency (CLP) nominations are coming in dribs and drabs.

The painfully prolonged, selective scrutiny is making this new Labour member is running out of patience.

Swathes of people (notably those in the South East of England) are disconnected from the hustings, and thus the message of each of the candidates standing is lost. Without access to the internet, many older people are reduced to choosing a leader on the basis of their past credentials.

Coinciding with this onslaught is the campaign of choosing the next Labour contender for the election of the London Mayor. With Oona King battling with ex-incumbent Ken Livingstone, the party is positively divided.

Two Eds, two Milibands, an Andy, one feisty woman, an Ex-MP and Red Ken do not equal a united political machine. The sooner a new leader is chosen, the better. After all, there are a lot more problems to deal with than deciding who will be the one to sort them out.

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