‘Everyone’ in Labor is questioning ‘whether Albanese should lead’ at next election

The Australian’s Troy Bramston says there is no doubt the Labor Party is ending the year 2020 “demoralised and despondent” about where it sees “the political lie of the land”.

He told Sky News host Peta Credlin there was increasing criticism of Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese’s leadership from within the parliamentary party, in the union movement, amongst staff, party officials and Labor elders.

Those levying criticisms believe “the party is going nowhere” and could likely go backwards at the next election, Mr Bramston said.

“Nobody, in fact, thinks they can win the election,” he said.

“Because 18 months on, Labor hasn’t done the serious soul searching that they needed to do after the last election to answer that question about how they can bridge a divide between people living in the outer suburbs who tend to be more conservative, with people living in the inner cities who tend to be more progressive.

“The big question everyone’s asking in Labor is, ‘should Anthony Albanese lead them in the next election?’”

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