Angela Rayner is preparing to endorse her flatmate Rebecca Long Bailey as next Labour leader and plans to put herself forward as deputy, sources claim
- The shadow education secretary is a popular figure and was tipped for top job
- But she is standing aside to allow Rebecca Long Bailey to go for leadership
- Miss Long Bailey made a bizarre pledge to champion ‘progressive patriotism’
Angela Rayner is set to declare her bid to be Labour’s deputy within days – and endorse flatmate Rebecca Long Bailey as leader, sources said last night.
The shadow education secretary is a popular figure in the party and had been tipped to run for the top job.
‘It’s mostly there, but she had to speak to her close family and sort out a few bits with lawyers,’ a source close to Miss Rayner said.
Angela Rayner is set to declare her bid to be Labour’s deputy within days
Her friend Miss Long Bailey, a key Corbyn ally who has the support of senior hard-Left figures, yesterday made a bizarre pledge to champion ‘progressive patriotism’.
In her first public comments since the election, the shadow business secretary attempted to appeal to all sides of the party in a Guardian article.
Breaking with Mr Corbyn’s line, she blamed Labour’s defeat on its ‘compromise solution’ on Brexit.
She said: ‘To win we must revive progressive patriotism and solidarity in a form fit for modern Britain.’
She is set to endorse flatmate Rebecca Long Bailey as Jeremy Corbyn’s replacement
She also suggested Labour had further to go in giving its members control of the party, writing: ‘Our promise to democratise society will ring hollow if we can’t even democratise our own party.’
Despite not having formally declared her candidacy, Ms Long-Bailey is seen as a frontrunner in the contest, with her main rivals expected to include shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer and Wigan MP Lisa Nandy.
Shadow foreign secretary Emily Thornberry and shadow Treasury minister Clive Lewis are the only two to have officially declared their candidacy.