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Lisa Nandy is the MP for Wigan. She was formerly shadow secretary of state for energy and climate change and is a candidate to be the next leader of the Labour Party
With fixtures cancelled due to the coronavirus crisis, the identity, aspirations and social cohesion of the famous towns which play the sport is at risk.
To earn the trust of communities that once proudly returned Labour MPs means we need a leader who is proud to be from those communities.
Labour can win again. But it will mean listening to the country and having no time for factionalism – full stop.
The North’s towns and rural communities are being neglected.
Town voters are more likely to believe politicians do not care about them. Little wonder.
Progressive politicians must empower grassroots movements – and accept some loss of power themselves.
The shutting down of genuine, constructive debate on the left is the great danger we face.
Labour also needs a wider vision for work to understand that many people who work in the private sector also offer a public service.
Handing powers over transport, homes, policing, skills and the NHS to an elected mayor could profoundly reshape our public services.
To simply pick a side would be too easy. We must find the common ground of the sensible, decent majority.