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Labour’s Andy Burnham pleads for an end to party’s civil war after election humiliation

Labour’s Andy Burnham pleads for an end to party’s civil war after election humiliation

LABOUR big beast Andy Burnham pleaded for an end to his party’s civil war after 48 hours of blood-letting.

The “King of the North” acted after knifing Sir Keir Starmer by suggesting he will have a tilt at the leadership in the future.

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Andy Burnham said: ‘Labour needs to move on from the Left and the Right conducting this civil war within, focus on delivery now and making change happen and ­celebrating Labour in power’[/caption]

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Andy Burnham acted after knifing Sir Keir Starmer by suggesting he will have a tilt at the leadership in the future[/caption]

It came as former leaders warned the party will not win again if it returns to a Corbynista agenda.

Re-elected Greater Manchester Mayor Mr Burnham is tipped to be the next Labour leader.

But, playing peacenik after poor local election results, he said: “Labour needs to move on from the Left and the Right conducting this civil war within, focus on delivery now and making change happen and ­celebrating Labour in power.”

Sir Keir must “pick up what the public are saying” and change, he added.

But moderates and lefties continued to be at each other’s throats.

David Miliband said: “Jeremy Corbyn telling us how to win today put me right off my cornflakes.

“He delivered the best result since 1935 — for the Tories.”

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Gordon Brown warned that Labour ‘has got to change’ and cannot go back to the ‘same policies as 2019’[/caption]

Gordon Brown also piled in, warning Labour “has got to change” and cannot go back to the “same policies as 2019”.

Meanwhile, Labour is braced for another Hartlepool-style defeat after its MP for Batley and Spen quit yesterday, creating a by-election.

Tracy Brabin is standing down after becoming West Yorkshire Mayor.

Angela Rayner last night said Labour have talked down to working class voters for too long in a barely veiled swipe at Sir Keir Starmer. 

In her first comments since her reshuffle dust-up with her party leader, Ms Rayner said she is the right person to “reconnect” to the party’s former heartlands. 

In an article for The Guardian, she wrote: “For too long we have been distant from the people we are here to represent. 

“I know this is the case because it’s my mates that I grew up with and who are working minimum wage jobs that we need to speak to and speak for again.

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“For too long we have given off an air of talking down to people and telling people what they need or even what they should want or what they should think.”

Planting her flag in the ground as Labour’s most senior and authentic working class voice, Ms Rayner said she is the woman to stop the rest of the Red Wall crumbling. 

She wrote: “So it is my responsibility now to make sure that we learn the lessons and reconnect with the people and the places that we are here to fight for, and to make sure that they know that we speak for them and that we are on their side.”

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