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Owen Smith: If I was Labour leader, I might have got us to win

Owen Smith: If I was Labour leader, I might have got us to win
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Oh dear. After Jeremy Corbyn led Labour to a better than expected general election result, the various party factions have done their best to put their differences to one side and come together. The Labour leader's decision to invite his former leadership rival Owen Smith back into the shadow cabinet was seen by many as a unity gesture.

But will Corbyn regret the move? Mr S only asked after witnessing Smith's interview with Sky's Sophy Ridge. Asked how he would have fared in the election had Smith been leader, the Labour MP muses that he might have gone one further than Corbyn and 'got us to win':

SR: If you had won that leadership election, do you think you'd have done as well as Jeremy Corbyn did?

OS: I don't know. I hope so. I hope I might have even got us to win.

Mr S suspects the next shadow cabinet meeting will be fun...

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