"When people see this sort of thing they shrug", says Ann Widdecombe on Lisa Nandy's monarchy comments
Lisa Nandy has made the news recently following her comments in a live Labour Leadership TV debate on Channel 4.
Asked whether they - Rebecca Long-Bailey, Keir Starmer and Nandy - would vote to keep the monarchy in a referendum, the MP for Wigan said: "I’m a democrat, so I would vote to scrap it, but actually let me just say this is not the priority of the country.
The Labour leadership hopeful's comments have bemused former Tory minister Ann Widdecombe and thinks it won't do Nandy, or the party, any good.
Speaking to the Kelvin MacKenzie show on Love Sport Radio, Widdecombe stated: "Well it does nothing at all for the Labour Party and it doesn't do very much for her.
"I mean, I can hardly believe that somebody who is a contender for a hugely responsible position, which is the leadership of the opposition, can actually come out with this stuff.
"First of all to say she's a democrat when poll after poll shows that the majority of the British people do not want to abolish the monarchy. And then to talk rubbish about 'Queen Megan', well either you're in favour of having a monarchy or not. And if you are, there's got to be some rules to it."
Asked for her thoughts on the current Labour party by MacKenzie, and whether it's doing them any good to still have Jeremy Corbyn at the dispatch box, Widdecombe doesn't think it matters too much at this moment in time due to the party's current situation post-election.
"I've been in this position when you've just lost the election on a massive scale. And all anybody is interested in is the new government. And it takes a while for the opposition to be heard at all.
"So I suspect at the moment that the Labour Party is just regarded as an irrelevance. And when people see this sort of thing they shrug.
"Now, if we were six months out from an election, which the Labour Party was destined to win, people would be much more interested but I think this sort of rubbish that Lisa Nandy is talking just causes people to shrug. "
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