Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen 9.21am GMT Today ballot papers start going out in the Labour leadership contest (or, in most cases, emails – people are generally expected to vote electronically) and this morning Sir Keir Starmer, the shadow Brexit secretary and the clear favourite in the contest, has doing a round of interviews. On the Today programme he was asked if there would be space for Jeremy Corbyn in his shadow cabinet if he won and, although he dodged the question, listeners might have concluded that the answer was no. When Mishal Husain asked Starmer if he would give Corbyn a job, Starmer replied:Look, there’s been so much speculation. I have not discussed that team with anybody. I’m totally focused …If you can believe it, given that we have been at this for weeks, the ballot is only dropping today, no votes have been cast yet, I’m focused on winning this race and getting as many votes as I possibly can through my argument about unity, effective opposition and focusing on winning the next general election. I have not discussed the shadow cabinet with anybody. And therefore whatever is swirling around, because there are names everywhere, it is all rumour, I can tell you. Continue reading…
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Author : Andrew Sparrow
Publish date : 2020-02-24 09:25:41
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