Allies of Sir Keir have claimed he is lining up Ed Miliband to come and support him if he successfully wins the race to become Labour’s next leader. He is currently the bookies’ favourite and Sir Keir feels Mr Miliband could come into his Shadow Cabinet. According to the Telegraph, Mr Miliband is seen as a “giant on strategy” who is “highly rated” by Sir Keir.
The source told the newspaper: “He genuinely is quite a giant on strategy and he’s a big figure.
“He is a big backer of Keir and is well respected within the party.”
However, Sir Keir’s decision led to fierce backlash online as people rounded on the Shadow Brexit Secretary.
One joked: “I’m going to have a bacon butty to celebrate.”
A second wrote: “It’s like he doesn’t want us to vote for him.”
Another said: “Would rather as the article suggests Rachel Reeves or Yvette Cooper for Shadow Chancellor.
“I don’t dislike Ed but I don’t think the public will take Labour serious with him as Shadow Chancellor.
“Wouldn’t mind him in another role like Environment or BEIS.”
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