Labour leadership hopeful Sir Keir Starmer was questioned as to whether he has earmarked positions for rivals Lisa Nandy and Rebecca Long-Bailey in his Shadow Cabinet if he is elected. Sir Keir refused to discuss any future positions as he told Ms Burley he wasn’t “playing this game”. But the former Shadow Brexit Secretary did say he would happily serve in the Cabinet of his rivals.
Speaking to Sky News, Sir Keir said: “All three of us put forward a case we think is right for our party and for the people in our country.
“We, the candidates, have not been taking lumps out of each other, we’ve done it a very constructive way.
“If we could model that in this contest, I think that bodes well for the Labour Party.
“I think both of the other contenders have put forward very powerful cases and of course they’re going to be in the top team of any Shadow Cabinet.”
Host Kay Burley interjected: “Interesting, top team. Give me an example of what jobs you might be considering for them.”
Sir Keir replied: “I’m not playing this game. You keep asking me over and over again.”
Ms Burley added: “You started it, Sir Keir! You said top team.”
The Labour leadership hopeful continued: “All I’ve said is that they would be in any Shadow Cabinet that I would have and I would serve in theirs.
“I genuinely have not talked to anybody about what job anybody might have.
“I don’t want to be presumptuous about this. I’m fighting this race to win it and I’ve got to persuade as many members to vote for me.
“That’s all that matters at the moment.
“I’m not discussing anything more than that and as far as I understand it neither are Lisa or Rebecca.”
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Labour members are to start voting for Jeremy Corbyn’s successor who will be tasked with recovering the party from its catastrophic general election defeat.
The ballots begin opening today amid a largely cordial campaign between Sir Keir Starmer, Rebecca Long-Bailey and Lisa Nandy.
All three on Sunday said they would offer the losing leadership candidates jobs in their shadow cabinet.
Members and party supporters who have signed up for a fee will begin receiving their ballots on Monday, with batches being sent out by email and post throughout the week.
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