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    Labour leadership hopeful Lisa Nandy is hoping to secure enough support from unions and affiliates to make her way to the top job. Centring on campaign on the appeal of being able to reconnect with the party's heartlands which it lost in the December 2019 general eelction.

    "Chinese for Labour" is trending on Twitter after Lisa Nandy secured her place on the Labour leadership final ballot upon receiving support from the party-affiliated organisation on Wednesday.

    Chinese for Labour's stated aim is "to promote the interests of Chinese people in the Labour Party and improve the quality of life of the Chinese community in Britain. 

    Supporters and Nandy herself welcomed the endorsement.

    ​Many users on Twitter however seem completely oblivious to the group's existence and made their shock well known.

    ​Some netizens seemed to think it was some sort of food order:

    ​Others seemed to conflate the minority representation group with the Chinese government, which it has no association with.

    ​The legacy of revolutionary Chinese leader and founder of modern China, Mao Zedong was also invoked.

    Nandy has already won the endorsements from the GMB and NUM trade unions and is now the the second Labour candidate to make it on to the ballot of members, following Sir Keir Starmer who is the current frontrunner.

    The Wigan MP, who herself is of mixed heritage, received support from the chair of Chinese for Labour Sarah Owen, who became the first MP of East Asian background in 2019.

    The 4 candidates vying to succeed Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader require endorsements from trade unions and party affiliates to be a contender with the final vote being cast by party members in April.


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