/Jess Phillips will have Boris lying awake at night and put job at-risk, claims Labour MP

Jess Phillips will have Boris lying awake at night and put job at-risk, claims Labour MP

Jess Phillips is third in the polls to become the next Labour leader behind Sir Keir Starmer leading and Rebecca Long-Bailey but supporter Wes Streeting says Ms Phillips will have Boris Johnson’s job “at-risk”. Host Martha Kearney asked: “Was Jess Phillips right to allow the possibility of another referendum? We just heard Jenny Chapman saying that really shouldn’t be a priority.”

Speaking on Radio 4’s Today programme, Mr Streeting said: “As ever with Jess honesty is the best policy.

“I think she has been very clear that she doesn’t want to rule anything out in the longer term.

“But Jess doesn’t have a crystal ball like any other candidate.

“She’s set out in the Independent today a really clear pitch on where she stands on Europe including being honest about the fact that if people want to join the rejoin campaign, they shouldn’t expect her to be launching it any time soon.

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Jess Phillips hasn’t ruled out the possibility of another EU referendum (Image: GETTY)

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Jess Phillips will hold Boris Johnson to account (Image: CHANNEL 4)

“In all likelihood the next Labour manifesto won’t contain a commitment to rejoin.”

Ms Kearney added: “But what will that mean for all those voters who are usually Labour in the northern seats in England who are firmly Leave and one of the reasons why they supported the Conservatives.”

Mr Streeting replied: “I think people can expect three things from Jess Phillips if she’s elected leader of the Labour Party.

“She will hold Boris Johnson to every promise he has made because he hasn’t got any excuses now.

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Jess Phillips is pro-EU (Image: GETTY)

“I think if Jess is leader of the Labour Party Boris Johnson will be lying awake knowing his job is at risk if he messes up because she will be chomping at his heels.”

It comes as Ms Phillips backtracked and admitted her party must accept the result of the EU referendum result – despite previously saying they could campaign to rejoin the EU.

The Labour MP said on the Andrew Marr show yesterday she could campaign to re-enter the European Union at the next general election if she were to replace Jeremy Corbyn as leader.

The staunch Remainer said on the show she believed Britain was “safer and more economically viable” inside the EU.


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Brexit timeline (Image: EXPRESS)

However Ms Phillips appeared to reverse her words in today’s Independent newspaper, in which she said “we must accept the result” and admitted a campaign to rejoin the bloc would not win support within her party.

She wrote: “People are asking me if I’ll lead the campaign to rejoin the EU. We haven’t even left yet!

“The honest answer is that I don’t know what the future will hold, but we must accept the result, move our country forward and hold Boris Johnson to account.

“I can’t see a campaign to rejoin winning support in the next Labour manifesto.

“Labour should always be an outward-facing and a pro-European party, but we know in our heads as well as our hearts that our failure to win the election means the terms of the debate have changed.”

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