Eagle pushed down the pecking order

11 July 2016 | Lloyd Hughes

It’s all about politics at the moment.

Eager PR’s looking for coverage are being swept aside by the tidal wave of political news stories flooding out from the establishment.

If it’s not Brexit, it’s the Conservative leadership contest, if it’s not the resignation of Farage, it’s the Labour implosion. A decade’s worth of politics seems to have happened in the space of a couple of weeks and it's understandably taking priority in the papers.         

But whilst politics is a rampant beast, it's a beast with a notoriously tricky tail to grab hold of. Latch on to the wrong political message and things can go disastrously.

With politics everywhere it's a difficult time for PRs. But although politics might be everywhere, journalists can’t be.

Angela Eagle was left as pink faced as her leadership roller banners today with her Labour leadership bid getting off to a very inauspicious start at its launch event.

After outlining the finer points as to why she should be Labour leader ahead of Jeremy Corbyn, Angela was ready for questions from journalists.

However, it seemed no one was ready to question her.

“BBC anyone?” Silence.

“Robert Peston, where are you?” Again, nothing.

“Michael Crick?”

Nope. Just a wilting Eagle, with feathers clearly ruffled.

With uncanny timing, Andrea Leadsom, Theresa May’s sole remaining rival for leadership of the Conservative party and de facto Prime Minister, had announced she was to hold a press conference at 12.15pm. 

Was she withdrawing from the race? Was May's path to PM now clear? It augured big news.

Cue a mass exodus of political heavyweights, resulting in Angela’s appeal for questions falling, on not so much deaf ears, as practically no ears (journo wise anyway) with the key political press all legging it from the room.

I doubt Andrea Leadsom was planning on upstaging Angela Eagle in such a spectacular fashion, but the whole thing would have been absolutely mortifying for both Eagle and her party. Labour infighting relegated to a footnote behind Conservative machinations was indicative of their current fall from grace.

If polls and social media are anything to go by (they’ve really not been lately) then it seems Corbyn’s popularity amongst the Labour rank and file will see Eagle with a seemingly unwinnable battle from the off. Needing to gain a groundswell of support as it is, this humiliation hardly helps.