Keir Starmer betrayed: Angela Rayner hits back and admits she would have voted for Boris

Boris Johnson warns Starmer of ‘hungry’ Angela Rayner

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Angela Rayner has admitted that she would have voted for Boris Johnson if she was an 18-year-old living in a Red Wall seat in a thinly-veiled dig at Sir Keir Starmer. The party’s Deputy Leader made the extraordinary claim during an interview with Politico this week. Ms Rayner also appeared to take a swipe at Sir Keir when she said that Boris came across as “authentic” as she compared the two parties.

Ms Rayner said: “People like the authentic. For a long time, people have felt that politicians are just saying what they think they want to hear.

“Or they try to ‘triangulate,’ is the word that they use. I call it ‘magnolia politics’.

“Let’s not offend anyone, and have no opinion on anything. I think all parties were a bit guilty of that. And Boris just sort of cut through that.”

She also noted that Nigel Farage similarly “cut through that too” and came across as authentic to voters during the Brexit referendum. 

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She said that the former Brexit Party leader “had a message and was ruthless in it”.

The MP continued: “The Angie Rayner at 18 would have liked someone a bit spicy and willing to throw a grenade in.

“We like a bit of argy-bargy, or someone who will upset what the norm is.”

The latest remarks come after Ms Rayner clashed with Sir Keir following last week’s catastrophic election results for Labour. 

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Sir Keir tried to demote his deputy leader but failed dramatically in a botched reshuffle last weekend. 

After heated talks between the pair, Ms Rayner eventually emerged with even more power, including roles as shadow secretary of state for the future of work, and shadow chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster.

The odds of Sir Keir Starmer being replaced as Labour leader this year were slashed amid ongoing infighting. 


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Jessica O’Reilly of Ladbrokes said: “Starmer’s still struggling to unite his party, and money’s pouring in from political punters who think he’ll be out of a job before the end of the year.”

A new Opinium poll found Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham was the favourite when voters were asked who would be a good Labour leader if Sir Keir left.

In another blow to Labour, the party also dropped six points to just 31 percent in the most recent polling.

Labour now stands 13 points behind the Tories, who are up two points to 44 percent compared with a fortnight ago.

Just under a half of 2019 Labour voters think Sir Keir should remain as Labour leader but a third think he should resign.

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