Labour leadership hopeful Emily Thornberry says she's more radical than Jeremy Corbyn

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LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 13: Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn (R) and Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry meet after both retaining their Parliamentary seats following the count at Sobell leisure centre on December 13, 2019 in London, England. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has held the Islington North seat since 1983. The current Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson called the first UK winter election for nearly a century in an attempt to gain a working majority to break the parliamentary deadlock over Brexit. The election results from across the country are being counted overnight and an overall result is expected in the early hours of Friday morning. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)
Emily Thornberry and Jeremy Corbyn at the Islington election count last month (Leon Neal/Getty Images)

Labour leadership hopeful Emily Thornberry has said she is more radical than Jeremy Corbyn.

Ms Thornberry made the claim as she outlined housing policy she would pursue if she was prime minister.

The Islington South and Finsbury MP told the Mirror she would offer a lottery of subsidised housing blocks to people in their 20s in every council area.

They would be charged half their salary for rent, theoretically helping them save for a deposit for home ownership using the other half of their salary.

Emily Thornberry during the Labour leadership hustings at the ACC Liverpool. Picture date: Saturday January 18, 2020. Photo credit should read: Isabel Infantes / EMPICS Entertainment.
Emily Thornberry (Isabel Infantes/EMPICS Entertainment)

However, they would be forced to move out when they turn 30.

Ms Thornberry told the paper: “We have to be radical and we have to be not afraid.

“People say: ‘Do you agree with everything in Jeremy’s manifesto?’ I say: ‘Yeah but it is a question of priorities.’ They also say: ‘Are you in any way more radical than Jeremy?’ Maybe I am in some ways, and when it comes to housing I am.

"And in my burning desire to sort out social care. I’m probably, you know, quite radical about that too.”

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Last month, Mr Corbyn led Labour to its worst election defeat since 1935.

Ms Thornberry remains the outsider in the party leadership race, with some bookmakers offering odds as long as 80/1. The other candidates are Sir Keir Starmer, Rebecca Long-Bailey and Lisa Nandy.

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