Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan on Thursday repeatedly sidestepped questions on whether he supports a plan by Sir Keir Starmer to change the Labour Party’s leadership election rules.
The controversial proposal would see Labour ditch the one member, one vote system, replacing it with an electoral college system to give Members of Parliament and unions a stronger say in future leadership contests.
Khan was quizzed on three occasions if he supported the changes proffered by Labour but said that “internal party rules isn’t at the fore of my mind”.
Khan further stated that he has not had “a chance to look into the changes being considered,” and repeated that the plan was “not at the fore of my mind as mayor”.
SurgeZirc UK understands that Starmer’s attempt to alter the leadership rules has sparked another internal rift within the party after failing to secure union support ahead the party’s conference in Brighton, which is due to start on Saturday.
Gordon Brown, former Prime Minister had slammed ministers for an upcoming cut to universal credit, describing the government as acting callously.
Mr Brown also advocated for the withdrawal of the £20-a-week uplift “more economically illogical, socially divisive and morally indefensible than anything I have witnessed in this country’s politics”.
The former Prime Minister’s remarks comes on the heels of a speech by his successor, Boris Johnson at the United Nations General Assembly who said that the world is not “indestructible” and that the upcoming climate summit in Glasgow is “the turning point for humanity”.
Mr Johnson was speaking on Thursday morning while addressing world leaders at the annual summit. In a clarion call for the world to “grow up,” the Prime Minister also discussed the COVID-19 pandemic and the need for the world to come together to tackle humanity’s most gnawing challenges.