James Forsyth

Jeremy Corbyn promises to ‘wipe the slate clean’

Jeremy Corbyn promises to 'wipe the slate clean'
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Yesterday evening, Jeremy Corbyn released a statement saying that: ‘As far as I am concerned, the slate will be wiped clean this weekend’. He promises, if re-elected, to ‘reach out and work with all Labour MPs to form a broad and effective opposition’.

The statement shows how confident the Corbyn camp are of winning, I haven’t found anyone in the last few days who doesn’t think he has won and relatively comfortably. It is fair to say, though, that not all of his critics will take this supposed peace offering at face value.

Word is that we shall see some of those who resigned return to the front bench once this contest is over. I know of one prominent figure in the Owen Smith campaign who is keen to rejoin the shadow Cabinet. But I understand that behind the scenes there are efforts going on to try and prevent too many people from going back on the front bench.

Whatever Corbyn’s words yesterday, the Corbynites will try and use a fresh mandate to move the party further to the left. For more on this, see today's Spectator.