Former Labour leadership hopeful declines to be part of Starmer’s front bench – Labour sources claim she fears his toxicity will damage her own prospects
Labour sources say that former leadership candidate Yvette Cooper turned Keir Starmer down when he tried to offer her the job as Labour’s Shadow Home Secretary to replace Nick Thomas-Symonds – who has reportedly been demoted to Shadow Trade Secretary. Cooper served in the role under Ed Miliband.
Party insiders Skwawkbox spoke to believe the refusal is linked to Cooper’s ongoing hopes of taking the leadership, for which she feels such a close association with Starmer – considered by many to be the worst Labour leader and least effective opposition in Labour’s history – would be too toxic.
Starmer is now being reported as offering the job to former Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry, although given Starmer’s recent eagerness to look tougher on immigration and Thornberry’s own history of derision toward ‘white van man’, this might be unlikely.
Update: after a long delay, Yvette Cooper has reportedly now accepted the role. What Starmer may have said or offered to change her mind, if anything, is currently unknown.
Starmer’s snails-pace reshuffle was supposed to be an attempt to remake his own image and persuade voters he is decisive enough, but this latest ‘relaunch’, like those that went before it, is already turning into a farce.
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