Corbyn happy to serve in shadow cabinet

Published by Scott Challinor on February 21st 2020, 8:08am

Outgoing Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said that he would be “happy to serve the party in any capacity” when asked whether he would accept a role in the shadow cabinet.

Corbyn was approached with the question during a visit to flood-hit areas of South Wales after one leadership candidate, Rebecca Long-Bailey, said that she would offer him a shadow cabinet role should she become the next party leader.

Corbyn said: "My whole life has been about making my contribution in Parliament, holding the government to account and of course speaking out on policy areas.”

He added that he would “see what it is” that was being offered and “didn’t know” at this stage whether his successor would consider him for any new role going forward.

Frontrunner Sir Keir Starmer and Wigan MP Lisa Nandy are the other two candidates vying to succeed Corbyn. 

Nandy has also indicated that she'd be "happy" to serve in the shadow cabinet should she not win the contest and subsequently be offered a role by a leadership rival.

Voting opens to the wider party membership next week, with the result announced on April 4.

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February 21st 2020, 8:08am

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