Isabel Hardman

Is Hilary Benn about to become Labour’s very own Aung San Suu Kyi?

Is Hilary Benn about to become Labour's very own Aung San Suu Kyi?
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Labour's shadow cabinet meeting is now over, with members scuttling past a hungry pack of journalists in Portcullis House without comment.

Frontbencher sources seem to think that Corbyn told his shadow ministers that they could take their own line but not speak in the Commons about that line if it contradicted the party line (confused? Welcome to the Straight Talking Honest New Politics).

This would potentially mean that Hilary Benn can't speak in the Commons as shadow foreign secretary if he decides that what he said last week was a 'compelling' case worth supporting. Party sources suggest that this would make him the Aung San Suu Kyi of Labour, which would not benefit Corbyn in the long run.