January 18, 2020
Keir Starmer has rejected the suggestion Labour’s next leader has to come from the north of England, as a poll suggested he has extended his lead over chief rival Rebecca Long-Bailey in the race to succeed Jeremy Corbyn.
Keir Starmer Says Decent Voters Do Not Care If Next Labour Leader Is From London
The shadow Brexit secretary, who is the MP for Holborn and St Pancras in London, told the first public hustings of the campaign on Saturday that “nobody” in constituencies that voted Leave had ever raised where he lived as an issue.
“If you are decent enough to come and have a conversation people are decent enough to give you a hearing in my view,” he said. “Not one person has said ‘you’re a Londoner’.”
Starmer said people care about “what have you got to say, not where are you are from”.
But Long-Bailey, the favourite of the current leadership, told the event in Liverpool in front of 500 Labour members that the next leader should come from the north.
“I am biased,” the MP for Salford and Eccles in Manchester said. “I’d say yes.”
“It’s about your principles, but it certainly helps. And it certainly helps having grown-up and lived in an area that has been affected and become quite angry about the centralisation of politics and financial power in London and the south east,” she said.
“We’ve got to have someone that understands that. That can tell them quite clearly, we will shift power.”
Labour lost seats across its northern heartlands at the election - the so called red wall - leading some in the party to demand the next leader must come from the region.
The second YouGov poll of the contest has suggested Starmer will beat Long-Bailey 63% to 37% once the other candidates are knocked out of the race.
But there is a long way to go in the contest and the winner will not be declared until April 4.
And a separate poll conducted by Survation last week suggested Long-Bailey would win 42% of first preference votes to Starmer’s 37%.
All the candidates at the hustings on Saturday, which also included Lisa Nandy, Jess Phillips and Emily Thornberry, issued a plea for party unity.
The rules of the event also prohibited the candidates from interrupting each other. And there was no obvious knock-out blow.
Long-Bailey told the audience divided parties do not win elections. Calling for everyone to “reunify and rebuild”, she said: “We have to be honest that over the last four years we haven’t been united.”
Phillips, a prominent critic of Corbyn, said the “name calling within the party has been horrendous” and called for Labour to build a “broad team”.
Thornberry said Labour members should stop fighting each other and concentrate on fighting the Tories.
She also warned being leader of the Labour Party in opposition was “the worst job in the world” in part due to the media. “In the end we have to wade through an awful lot of shit,” she said.
Starmer agreed there had been “too much division”, adding: “We are unstoppable when we are united.”
During the hustings, Phillips also said the Labour Party’s handling of anti-Semitism had meant it had lost the “moral high ground” to fight racism.
She added: “Jewish people were scared of Labour winning the election.
“That’s deeply serious. The Labour Party has now lost the credibility to handle its own complaints system. We have lost the moral high ground to fight racism in this country because of the way we have handled anti-Semitism.”Related... Jess Phillips Interview: 'As Labour Leader, I Will Never Live In A Bunker. I Relish Rebellion'
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Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Sharmeed Obaid-Chinoy is directing an upcoming Star Wars movie that brings back Daisy Ridley in the role of Rey. Obaid-Chinoy will become the first woman to direct a Star Wars film, dating back to the franchise's origins in the 1970s. Speaking about this, Obaid-Chinoy told CNN that she is "very thrilled" to make the movie and create something that is "very special.""We're in 2024 now, and I think it's about time we had a woman come forward to shape the story in a galaxy far, far away," she said.Obaid-Chinoy won Best Documentary, Short Subjects Academy Awards for Saving Face (2012) and A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness (2015).In 2020, Lucasfilm boss Kathleen Kennedy told the BBC that a woman would eventually direct a Star Wars movie, saying that would "absolutely" happen, "without question." Victoria Mahoney was a second unit director on The Rise of Skywalker, but a woman has never claimed a top directing credit on a Star Wars movie.On the TV side of things, The Mandalorian has featured a number of female directors, including Deborah Chow and Bryce Dallas Howard. Chow went on to direct the Obi-Wan TV series, too.Another high-profile franchise that has never had a female director is James Bond. Producer Barbara Broccoli and Skyfall director Sam Mendes have both said they want to see a woman direct a future 007 film.As for Obaid-Chinoy's Star Wars movie, little is known about it apart from the fact that Ridley will come back to play Rey. It is expected that this film will be the first of the three new Star Wars films to come to theaters, possibly releasing in December 2025.According to a report, Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight is writing the Rey movie, taking over for Damon Lindelof and Justin Britt-Gibson.
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The NBA named Clare Akamanzi – an accomplished business executive and international trade and investment lawyer – as CEO of NBA Africa. Akamanzi will start her position on Jan. 23, 2024, and report to NBA Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer Mark Tatum. In this role, Akamanzi will oversee the NBA’s business and basketball development efforts in Africa and will be responsible for continuing to grow the popularity of basketball, the NBA and the Basketball Africa League (BAL) across the continent, including through grassroots basketball development, media distribution, corporate partnerships, and social responsibility initiatives that improve the livelihoods of African youth and families. For the last six and a half years, Akamanzi was CEO of Rwanda Development Board (RDB), where she spearheaded Rwanda’s economic development by enabling private sector growth. Under Akamanzi’s leadership, RDB implemented several business policy reforms and initiatives that led to significant investment and development for the country, including through partnerships with the BAL, Arsenal FC, Paris Saint-Germain FC, FC Bayern Munich and TIME Magazine, among others. “Clare’s business acumen, international experience and familiarity with basketball and the NBA make her the ideal executive to lead our business in Africa,” says Tatum. “NBA Africa and the Basketball Africa League are well-positioned for continued growth, and under Clare’s leadership we believe these initiatives will transform economies, communities and lives across the continent.” “I’ve seen firsthand how sports can positively impact businesses, families and communities in Africa, and the NBA and the BAL are a perfect example of that,” says Akamanzi. “The NBA has done an incredible job growing basketball and the economy around it across the continent, and I’m excited about the enormous opportunities ahead to build on that momentum.” Previously, Akamanzi was Chief Operating Officer of RDB and Head of Strategy and Policy Unit, Office of the President of the Republic of Rwanda. She has extensive international trade, business and diplomatic experience, having previously worked for the Rwandan Government at the World Trade Organization in Geneva, Switzerland and at the Rwandan Embassy in London, England. Akamanzi has worked or studied in seven different countries and holds an honorary LLD from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, in recognition of her work in Rwanda. She earned a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she was the recipient of three prestigious awards for academic excellence and distinguished contribution to the community: the Lucius N. Littauer Fellows Award, the Raymond & Josephine Vernon Award and the Robert Kennedy Public Service Award. In addition, Akamanzi holds a Master of Laws degree in international trade and investments from the University of Pretoria in South Africa, and a Bachelor of Laws degree from Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. Akamanzi has served on several company boards, including the World Health Organization (WHO) Foundation, ECOBANK and Aviation, Travel and Logistics (ATL) company. She was recognized by Forbes as one of Africa’s Top 50 Powerful Women in 2020.
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