The team of the newly elected leader of the Labour party, Jeremy Corbyn, is reportedly planning to finalise the prospective candidates for the shadow cabinet in the first test of Labour’s unity. The recently promoted leader of the opposition, Mr Corbyn is aware that this will be a crucial test of his ability to bring in talent from across the party.
The former shadow leader of the Commons, Angela Eagle, is widely acclaimed as the most liked candidate for the role of shadow chancellor. She mentioned in a statement on Saturday afternoon that “it is the duty of all of us to pull together.” Whereas other probable candidates include former shadow Welsh secretary, Owen Smith, and a hard left ally of the new leader, John McDonnell. Other Labour MPs anticipated to end up in senior positions include Hilary Benn, currently shadow foreign secretary, Andy Burnham, shadow health secretary and Chi Onwurah, a Newcastle MP.
Whereas on the other hand, many senior members of the party have signalled that they would avoid any central position including defeated leadership candidates, Liz Kendall and Yvette Cooper, along with Tristram Hunt and Rachel Reeves. Mr. Hunt mentioned in a statement that “I will not seek to serve in the shadow cabinet,” adding that “Jeremy deserves respect for his handsome victory. He needs space to build his team.” Meanwhile, the new deputy leader, Tom Watson, admitted that “it is a huge change for the Labour party, but Jeremy Corbyn has got a huge mandate from our members.”
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