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WB heavyweight Wes Streeting denies plan to succeed Starmer | West Streeting

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Rising star of action West Streeting He denied preparing a leadership bid to replace Keir Starmer after it emerged that wealthy party donor Waheed Ali had hosted a recent fundraising event for him and another MP at his central London home.

The Foreman It was told that actors Ian McKellen and Michael Cashman, as well as businesswoman and LGBTQ+ activist Linda Riley, were among the 20-30 people who attended the event in March, with Lord Alli billing £4,600 for a buffet and drinks.

The event raised around £20,000 from those who attended, and it was split between Streeting and his teammates divorced Representative Kim Ledbetter.

Ledbetter, a senior front line source said on Saturday. The Battley and Spin member and sister of the late Jo Cox, MPcould be lined up as a potential teammate with Streeting for the position of deputy leader, the competition was to take place.

Some party senior figures, who do not favor Streeting as a future leader, say the shadow health secretary has been “maneuvering” for months, preparing in the event Starmer leaves office before or after the next election.

Rumors about the activities of potential replacements for Starmer began swirling around Westminster last week after the Labor leader He announced that he would resign If he was fined by Durham Police for drinking beer and eating curry in the MP’s office the day after campaigning for the local elections in April 2021.

While Starmer is confident that he will be acquitted, after receiving four different legal opinions on the case, his vow to resign if he is fined inevitably led to many rabbits starting running around the topic of a potential succession battle.

Andy Burnham, the mayor of Greater Manchester, said last week he had not given up hope of party leadership. Photo: Anthony Devlin/Getty Images
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Others think he would likely run if Starmer had to resign, including Shadow Settlement Secretary Lisa Nandy, and Shadow Home Secretary, Yvette Cooper.

Andy Burnham, the mayor of Greater Manchester, said last week that he has not given up his hopes of leading the party, although this will not be in the near future; First, he would need to be selected and then elected to a Labor seat in the House of Commons.

Burnham made it clear last week in an interview with LBC that if it were a future opportunity to emerge, and the party wanted him, he would enjoy tackling the compromise agenda and reforming the way the country is run.

Streeting’s office vehemently denied that the event at Alli’s home had anything to do with the leadership’s ambitions and said it was merely fundraising for the precincts campaign.

A Streeting spokesperson accused people in the party of fomenting mischief, saying: “This was a joint fundraiser with Kim Leadbeater to support her campaign at Batley & Spen and to support Wes’ campaign in Ilford North and as Shadow Health Secretary. Kerr’s office was fully aware of the event, which took place months earlier. Should Whoever has seen this nonsense should put the wooden spoon away.”

Streeting, who grew up in a council flat in Stepney, east London, and funded his way through Cambridge University by making shifts during his holidays in Comet’s customer service department, has been the MP for Ilford North since 2015.

He is now widely seen as one of the most effective communicators in the Labor Party.

His allies note that he has been a staunch defender of the Labor leader. At only 39, he is on the right of the party and has been highly critical of Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership.

Peter Kyle, Northern Ireland’s shadow secretary and an ally of String, said such events were normal and had been set up as a way to allow MPs to pay overtime staff whose salaries could not be covered with party money. “I can put my hands on my heart and say this has absolutely nothing to do with any driving tricks,” Kyle said.

Alli has been a long-term donor since he first joined the New Labor inner circle under Tony Blair and funded the campaigns of successive leadership candidates, including David Miliband And Starmer himself. He gave £100,000 to Starmer’s campaign, which led to his election in April 2020.

Latest poll about Foreman It is shown that the so-called Birgit affair has led to a 10% drop in Starmer’s personal ratings over recent weeks. Despite this, Starmer is still seen as better than Boris Johnson on issues related to Partygate and Beergate.

Nine out of ten (89%) believe Johnson broke the rules during the pandemic, and 63% believe he did so on purpose.

As for Starmer, 58% think he broke the rules, and 30% think he did it on purpose. Two-thirds of respondents (65%) think he was right in saying that he would resign if he received a notice of a fixed fine.

Adam Drummond, head of political and social research at Opinium, said: “The media focus on Birgit will never be the best talking point for the Labor leader after the local elections, and this is reflected in his net approval rating, which now sits at -10.

“However, voters are more likely to give in Care Starmer The benefit of suspecting that he acted more appropriately than the prime minister, when in fact nearly a quarter gained a more favorable view of the way he responded to the accusations, by promising to resign if he was fined by the police.

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