Labor leader says he would ‘see what it is’ before deciding on any offers after departure
Jeremy Corbyn has held open the possibility he could stay on as a Labor frontbencher after stepping down as party leader, declining to rule out the idea of serving in the next shadow cabinet.
Asked about the possibility during a visit to flood-hit areas in south Wales, he said that if offered a frontbench post he would “see what it is”.
Earlier this week Rebecca Long-Bailey, the shadow business secretary and the candidate favored by the Corbyn wing of the party, said she would want to offer him a senior role if she won the imminent ballot of members.
The other two remaining candidates: (Keir Starmer) , the favorite, and Lisa Nandy, have not made similar offers, although Richard Burgon, among those standing to be Labour’s deputy leader, has said he would like Corbyn to become the shadow foreign secretary.
Corbyn, who announced he was stepping down after (Labor) lost a second election under his leadership in December, said: “I am happy to serve the party in any capacity because my whole life has been about making my contribution in parliament, holding governments to account and of course speaking out on policy areas.
“I have been proud to lead the party for the past five years, proud of the policy achievements we have made and of the huge growth in membership.”
Asked if he would accept a new shadow cabinet role, Corbyn said he would “see what it is”, adding: “I didn’t know I was going to be offered anything and you’re telling me something that I did not know. ”
Labor members are about to cast their votes for the three candidates, with the ballot opening on 28 February and the result due on 4 April. The remaining hopefuls had to first secure sufficient support from Labor MPs or MEPs, and then from local parties of affiliated groups.
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