The shadow cabinet’s frustration over Andy Burnham’s high-profile appearance at the Labor Conference burst into the open, with allegations that the mayor of Greater Manchester is “on maneuver” over the leadership race.
a shadow minister said Granthshala That there was outrage over the way Mr Burnham had left Westminster to make the North a personal fiefdom, instead joining the task of taking the National Party back from the Left.
Any attempt to ensure a speedy return to the Commons – if he was required to stand for the leader – would not necessarily be met with an offer of a secure seat, one suggested.
“If he thinks he can go to Manchester and leave everyone else to do s*** work and then come back like a winning hero, he can think again,” said the shadow minister . “He has been elected mayor, he should see his term.”
There is speculation over Mr Burnham’s leadership ambitions with the mayor of Greater Manchester, who has not ruled out an attempt to return to Westminster after the next election, attending at least 11 fringe events during Labor’s annual convention. ready for.
Another shadow cabinet minister told Granthshala That the Labor membership did not like Mr Burnham’s desire to publicly criticize Sir Keir Starmer.
“Members don’t like him going on Starr. They think it’s rude. Andy has always had a lack of judgment, and I think that’s another example. I don’t know when you see his last two tries.” He will somehow win the leadership contest.
last night, in an interview with BBC NewsThe former cabinet minister took a dig at Sir Keir Starmer for focusing the internal fight over Labor’s rule book, not fighting the Conservatives, echoing similar criticism made by former Labor leader Jeremy Corbyn on Saturday .
Speaking at an event organized by new statesman, Mr Burnham put further pressure on the Labor leadership, stressing that Labor needed to set its “stall” on a string of key issues such as social care, and claimed the party remained too “londoncentric”. .
While he said Labor is now in a better position to govern the country since party representatives last gathered for the convention in Brighton two years ago, Mr Burnham said: “It’s got a lot of work to do. A lot of work.” To do.”
Recalling his own frustrations as a shadow minister led by Ed Miliband of the party trying to advance social care reform, he said: “I remember the reasoning: set it closer to the election.
“I don’t think the world works that way anymore,” he went on. “If the government comes forward and puts an unfair social care policy on the table, which they did a few weeks ago, your criticisms will not be heard unless you say ‘here’s what we will do’.
“You can have a policy on everything, I understand it, but the bigger things that are the issues – on leveling up, social care and all these things, you have to put your stall.
“I tell it for everyone to see, Keir and all the shadow cabinets succeed. I think you have to start setting up your stall if you want to start listening and engaging people.”
Elsewhere, Mr Burnham revealed he would present Boris Johnson with a “leveling up” deal for Greater Manchester, as he praised the appointment of Michael Gove to oversee the major government brief as “good news”. .
With ministers descending on the northern city for a Conservative Party convention next week, Mr Burnham said he would lobby ministers to support a package including the establishment of a “London-style” transport system.
He insisted there was a “disgraceful” disparity between transportation costs in the capital and elsewhere and would not wait until the prime minister struggled to define his leveled-up election slogan.
“When the government comes to Manchester next week, I will present a constructive proposal – a leveled-up deal – at the heart of which is the London-style public transport system,” Mr Burnham said.
He also suggested that Mr Johnson signing a deal would make political sense if the government failed to give him, or was able to take credit if “a very visible sign of level-up” emerged in the north of England. .
Following Mr. Gove’s appointment to the position of Secretary of Communities during the reshuffle – rebranding the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government’s Leveling Up department – the mayor told the event that there was “good news” for Mr. Gove to level up.
“I was his shadow when he was Secretary of Education, and honestly we pretty much clashed over all the agenda he brought in 2011, but the thing about Michael Gove is that at least he does things, he Bring energy into what you do,” she said.
Mr Burnham said: “You may disagree with him, but he acts as a minister and he creates an agenda and then implements it.
“I have seen many people in the present government who are not doing this, they are just focusing on the shop. Gov doesn’t do that. I think, I hope, when I put this leveling-up deal to him, I hope he accepts it.
In Mr Gove’s recent flurry at an Aberdeen nightclub, Mr Burnham later joked that when he arrived in Manchester next week, he was keen to impress the new community secretary, “so we are planning a special Warehouse Project hacienda to lie down at night.” are going”.
Credit: www.independent.co.uk /