Clive Lewis: I Don’t Want to Be Shadow Defence Secretary

One of the most amusing reshuffle rumours has been the suggestion that Clive Lewis could replace Maria Eagle as Shadow Defence Secretary. Lewis sat down with Victoria Derbyshire and Labour MP Wes Streeting this morning. The last time they crossed swords Clive called Wes a “jumped up turd”.

“No, I haven’t been sounded out at all and I’d be deeply disappointed if this was dropped on me from a great height five minutes before, ‘here we are, take this’. I haven’t been spoken to by anyone so I think it’s complete speculation. [Would you want to do it?] No, I wouldn’t. No. I’ve been an MP for eight months and I’m already on the shadow frontbench. It’s a steep learning curve being an MP and an even steeper learning curve to be on the shadow frontbench. To be in the shadow cabinet is another league altogether. I think I want to pace myself.”

He goes on to say he’d reconsider if Jeremy begged him to take the job. What a time to be alive.

UPDATE: Diane Abbott says rumours she is being offered Shadow Foreign Secretary are “poppycock and piffle”. Has Seumas been over-briefing? 




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Philip Hammond uses a trip to Berlin to mock the Foreign Secretary:

“A compromise is the art of dividing a cake in such a way that everyone believes he has the biggest piece. Wise words with some applicability to the Brexit negotiations although I try to discourage talk of “cake” amongst my colleagues.”

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