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News from Labour: Corbyn held ‘transition’ talks with Whitehall

Of late, Labour’s press releases haven’t offered much cause for amusement. But today’s was a turn up for the books. With Labour currently predicted a catastrophic defeat come June 8, a spokesperson for Jeremy Corbyn emailed to say the Labour leader had met with Sir Jeremy Heywood to discuss the transition to government if Labour wins the General Election:

‘The Labour Leader, Jeremy Corbyn, today met the Cabinet Secretary, Sir Jeremy Heywood, to discuss the transition to government if Labour wins the General Election.

The meeting, with the support of staff and colleagues, was detailed and productive, and will now be followed by departmental discussions. Jeremy would like to put on record his appreciation of the professionalism and commitment of the Cabinet Secretary and his civil service colleagues.’

Oh to have been a fly on the wall…

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