Rebecca Long-Bailey: Labour can win in 2024 with my plan to tackle the climate emergency. To win, Labour needs to make sure 2024 is a climate election. Too often we have fought on terms defined by the Tories. David Cameron and George Osborne dominated politics in the aftermath of the financial crisis, winning two elections by pinning the blame on Labour’s fabled “overspending”. Last December, the narrative was defined by “Get Brexit done”, and we failed to provide a convincing answer. Labour can only win the next election by confidently setting the agenda. Our shift to the politics of anti-austerity under Jeremy Corbyn put the Tories on the back foot and enabled the gains made in 2017. But as our devastating loss to Johnson showed, standing still is not enough. That’s why as leader, I’ll centre Labour’s plans to tackle the climate crisis in everything we do, and make sure it defines the next election. I know that we can build a winning electoral coalition around our green industrial revolution, uniting working people everywhere with a just, aspirational response to the climate crisis. Long before the next election, people in every community up and down the country need to know concretely what this will mean for them. Well-paid, unionised green jobs in every town, city and village; economic renewal and pride for communities left behind by deindustrialisation; and a leading role for our country in combating the climate crisis across the world. This isn’t just a set of policies that need to be sold better, it has to be the core of our vision for a socialist future.
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