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15 September 2016, 08:36
Labour race about "who's the least like to do more damage" says Darren
Darren Adam: the Labour leadership race is about "who's the least likely to do more damage" to the party
Last year, Labour thought they were going to win the General Election. Now they're voting on which leader they think will do the least damage, says Darren Adam.
Darren was speaking shortly after the final Labour leadership debate with Sky News, which was broadcast live on LBC.
As a Labour member who voted for Jeremy Corbyn last year, Darren admitted he is dismayed by the state of the party.
And he said he's voting for Owen Smith purely because he thinks he will do less damage to the party.
He said: "The really incredible thing to me is that 15 months ago, only 15 months ago, the Labour Party expected to be in government.
"Ed Miliband thought that he was going to be at the very least in with a very good shot of leading a minority Labour government, taking Labour back to power after five years. That's only 15 months ago.
"And yet now here we are, in 2016, listening to a debate between Owen Smith, who is on the left of the party, and Jeremy Corbyn, who's on the slightly further left of the party.
"And no one really thinks sensibly that are either of them have a chance of winning in 2020.
"This to me feels that it's a conversation in the Labour Party about who is the least bad at this point. Who is the least likely to do more damage?
"It's an extraordinary change and it's happened remarkably quickly."