What Lisa Nandy gets right, and Jess Phillips gets wrong, about Labour's hustings

  New Statesman 
Labour's hustings format only tests one aspect of leadership, but it's still an important one. " data-adaptive-image-768-img="" data-adaptive-image-1024-img="" data-adaptive-image-max-img=""> Lisa Nandy and Jess Phillips both have a shared complaint: with the format that Labour has chosen for its hustings to decide the next leader. They think that the 40-second answer format, with no time for the candidates to debate one another, is denying party members a proper debate and the opportunity to scrutinise the candidates. Nandy has written an open letter to the party hierarchy asking them to tear up the format, while Phillipshas written an article in the Guardiancastigating the format , admitting that she herself was “crap” at it, but saying that “the format of the hustings is terrible. to answer any question in 40 seconds is ridiculous”. Nandy is 100 per cent right. As I wrote after the hustings , the problem with the format is that it tes
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