Sky News Kay Burley sat down this morning with Shadow Health Secretary Wes Streeting about the current situation of the Labour Party after Sir Keir reshuffled frontbench MPs while Angela Rayner was at a press conference with reporters when she was first questioned about the reshuffle. Ms Rayner at the time claimed to not know she said: “I have been concentrating on the job that I’m doing at hand, and I think that’s really important, you know.” Later on Monday morning, a source close to Ms Rayner confirmed she had knowledge of the event but did not know when exactly Kier Starmer would be doing it.
The reshuffle has left many Labour supporters concerned about how closely Starmer and Rayner are working together, because as Deputy Ms Rayner should of been made fully aware of such an event.
Speaking on why Angela Rayner had not been invited by Keir Starmer to the Labour Party’s Christmas drinks, Wes Streeting said: “We’ve got a really good united team following the Shadow Cabinet reshuffle.
“We’ve got a lot of work to do to win back voters trust, in terms of what we’ve talked about this morning in terms of people Christmases the sorts of things people are worried about today.”
Mr Streeting said: “I really don’t think Angie or Keir’s Christmas party plans are top of the list of peoples concerns.”
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Ms Burley interjected: “Well I think they’re very interested in if you are going to be a Party fit for Government.
“Whether to not those two are getting on or not, Look what happened to the Labour Party previously.
“When Gordon Brown and Tony Blair started falling out, you know they were basically ripping lumps out of each other.
“The question is how much involvement did she have in the reshuffle?”
Mr Streeting replied: “You would have to ask her my understanding is that Angie was consulted knew the reshuffle was happening.”
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Deflecting speculation of a fraught relationship with leaders in Labour Mr Streeting continued to say: “But I genuinely think Kay in terms of sorts of things that are worrying people today and the sort of priorities we have as the Labour Party this kind of Westminister tittle-tattle is the least of peoples worries.”
Ms Burley then claimed: “I’m just worried that you keep calling her Angie.”
Mr Streeting responded: “She’s a really good friend of mine.”
Shadow Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Lisa Nandy who also had her title changed due to the reshuffle made comments about the reshuffle yesterday morning, Ms Nandy said: “I have not spoken to Angela since the reshuffle was announced.”
Ms Nandy added: “I have been too busy getting a team together and putting a plan together. I have been through a lot of reshuffles over the past 11 years.”
Backing Starmer’s latest decision, she added: “I think that the leader makes the decisions, the gaffer picks the team, that’s how it goes and that’s how it has always gone.
“Frankly, I couldn’t care less about the circus of who’s in, and who’s out, who’s up, who’s down, who knew, who didn’t.”