Last night’s Newsnight Labour leadership debate proved to be a rather dull affair with all four hopefuls failing to make a strong impression. While many were quick to suggest that this was down to lacklustre leadership candidates, party members have come up with a different reason the broadcast failed to impress. Step forward Laura Kuenssberg:
Labour’s ‘attack dog‘ Michael Dugher — who is backing Andy Burnham for leader — appeared to point the finger of blame at the Newsnight presenter for her chairing of the debate. The shadow transport secretary, who previously worked closely with Labour spin doctor Damian McBride under Gordon Brown, took to Twitter to complain that ‘she never shut up’:
The sentiment was shared by Lucy Powell, who is also backing Burnham. The blunder ridden Labour MP retweeted Dugher’s criticism. Powell was no fan of the BBC’s election coverage, with Miliband’s campaign chief previously writing a formal complaint to the corporation over the way they reported on the prospect of an SNP Labour coalition. At this rate, Mr S advises the BBC to be prepared for another complaint before the leadership race is over.