We remain convinced that the Labour leadership candidates should be heard in their own words – not via media spin.
Unfortunately it’s not been possible to get texts of e.g, Andy Burnham’s speech on Friday, or Yvette Cooper speaking in her constituency to launch her campaign.[Update – see below for full text of Andy’s speech.]
But we’ve tried to bring you the best – i.e. fullest – reports and clips we have found.
We have, however, got the full text of Liz Kendall’s speech to De Montfort University in her Leicester constituency.
Full text of Liz Kendall’s speech delivered in her constituency last week
Emphasizes her commitment to early years education and children and about encouraging aspiration in schools http://www.newstatesman.com/politics/2015/05/liz-kendall-labour-party-i-lead-will-always-remember-its-purpose
Andy Burnham also addresses aspiration – his speech is covered here
and here http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/may/29/andy-burnham-business-leaders-labour-enterprise-wealth-creators
UPDATE – we’ve now found full text of Andy’s speech on 29 May
Andy Burnham has also spoken this week on Labour’s domination by the ‘metropolitan elite’. http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2015/05/31/andy-burnham-labour-metropolitan-elite-leadership-liz-kendall-leader-wins_n_7478310.html?utm_hp_ref=tw
Here’s Yvette Cooper on the Andrew Marr show attacking those who have ‘swallowed the Tory Manifesto’ – reported http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2015/may/31/labour-leadership-yvette-cooper-attacks-rivals-andy-burnham-liz-kendall
– and the clip from the programme [only available for 29 days]
Here’s Yvette Cooper’s Newsnight interview – including comments on immigration and the deficit – again only available for the next 28 days.