Labour MPs Sir Keir Starmer, Rebecca Long-Bailey and Lisa Nandy are battling it out to take on the leadership of the party after Jeremy Corbyn suffered a humiliating defeat in the December general election. Conservative Greg Smith MP believes Rebecca Long-Bailey, seen as another hard-left leader, could be elected in the April election due to the huge grip Momentum has on the party. Ms Long-Bailey, who previously gave Mr Corbyn a 10 out of 10 for his leadership skills, has said she would include outgoing leader in her shadow cabinet if elected.
Speaking to Express.co.uk, Mr Smith said: “The Labour Party have stuck to a particular course since 2015 whereby they’ve moved significantly to the left of British politics.
“Momentum, in particular, operates below the radar, in technical terms, have really got their grip into the Labour Party membership.
“I would be surprised if the winner of that contest was not from the Corbynite/far-left wing of the labour movement.
“I hope for the sake of the country it isn’t.
“But looking at the state of the modern Labour Party, I think they’ve got a lot of looking in the mirror to do to try and even accept why it was their course and their platform was so heavily rejected in December.
“For the good of democracy it would be better to have at least a credible Opposition in the House of Commons.
“I think there are faces in the leadership election like Lisa Nandy who would probably bring that calm reflection on where they’ve gone wrong.”
He added: “If they want to elect another far-left leader they’re not going to get any complaints from me.”
Keir Starmer is 1-8 with bookmaker Coral to be Labour leader race and is the firm odds-on favourite.
Rebecca Long-Bailey is second best with Coral at 7-1, while Lisa Nandy can be backed at 16-1.
“Keir Starmer is long odds-on to win this Labour leadership race and if he does not go on to replace Jeremy Corbyn, it would be a huge surprise, according to the latest betting,” said Coral’s John Hill.
Jeremy Corbyn has announced he would be thrilled to join Labour leadership hopeful Rebecca-Long Bailey’s shadow cabinet after the left-wing candidate guaranteed him a role should she win the contest.
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Mr Corbyn said although he finally acknowledged the party had catastrophically lost the election in December, he still felt he had a strong role in Ms Long-Bailey’s cabinet.
When asked, he said he would be “happy to serve” in a shadow cabinet led by Ms Long-Bailey, who up against Sir Keir Starmer and Lisa Nandy in the race to replace him, the Mirror Online reports.
When asked about the job offer, Mr Corbyn said: “I’ll see what it is, I didn’t know I was going to be offered anything.
“I’m happy to serve the party in any capacity. My whole life has been about making my contribution in Parliament, holding the Government to account and for speaking up in policy areas.”
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