If Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham's future leadership aspirations were ever in doubt, then take a look at his reaction to the news of Benjamin Netanyahu's re-election as Prime Minister of Israel last night:
Depressing news coming out of Israel. Netanyahu elected on pledge to build more settlements. Palestine will need more international support.
— Andy Burnham (@andyburnhammp) March 18, 2015
Burnishing his foreign policy expertise: tick.
Cat-nipping the Labour left: tick.
About as subtle as Burnham's recent attempts in The Spectator to rebrand himself as 'mainstream Labour'. The general election campaign has barely begun, and already potential Miliband successors are getting their ducks in a row.