Corbyn comeback: Disgraced leader could be offered top front bench job in horror return

Mr Corbyn led Labour to it worst electoral defeat in 35 years in December’s general election, handing Boris Johnson an 80 seat majority. The Labour leader will step down from his position as soon as a new leader is elected on April 4. He has a long standing interest in foreign policy issues, particularly those surrounding the Middle East.

Moreover, a “leaked” document indicated that in his final months as leader, Mr Corbyn wants to maintain a focus on foreign policy.

The document revealed possible visits to Ghana, India and Iraq, as well as plans for the creation of an “internationalism” organisation and the convening of an international summit on climate change.

Appearing on Sky News on Sunday, Mr Burgon was asked whether Mr Corbyn should be offered a role on Labour’s front bench under a new leader.

The MP for Leeds East replied: “Jeremy Corbyn made a fantastic contribution to socialist politics in our country.

“He has made many gains in the Labour party, he has made us an anti-austerity party, a democratic member-led party, an anti-war internationalist party, I think he’d do a great job.”

Sir Keir Starmer, who is the favourite to replace Mr Corbyn as leader, said it would be “presumptuous” to announce positions before the end of the leadership contest.

However, he refused to rule out the possibility, claiming that the two were “very good friends”.

He said: “I spent a lot of time with him in the last three and a half years, he’s a friend and he’s a colleague and I respect what he has done for our party.

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“But I just want to stay disciplined and professional about what needs to happen next…then we’ll take the decisions thereafter.”

The Shadow Secretary for Exiting the EU also refused to be drawn on whether he was closer to the politics of Tony Blair or Jeremy Corbyn, insisting he was very much his own man.

He said: “I’m often challenged, are you a Blairite, a Corbynista, etc, etc, and I’ve always answered that in the same way which is the say I don’t need someone else’s name tattooed on my head to make a decision.”

Mr Starmer’s rival for the Labour leadership said she would hand Mr Corbyn a high-level position if she were to become leader of the party.

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Ms Long Bailey has been a close ally of Mr Corbyn and has said her party “must not retreat” from the policies he’s helped to draw up.

According to The Sun on Sunday, the Labour leadership candidate told supporters she would hand her predecessor a key position if she were to win the contest.

She said: “I’d like to but I don’t know whether he wants to do it because he said not.

“It’s up to him. I love him so.”

Both Ms Long Bailey and Sir Keir were questioned about the party’s Brexit stance on Sunday.

Whereas the MP for Salford blamed the party’s “compromise position” for its defeat, Sir Keir insisted that it had been the right decision.

He told Sophie Ridge on Sky: “I thought it was the right policy.

“I thought we should have gone on by the way and said which side we would be campaigning on if there was a referendum.

“I warned our party that if we looked indecisive, we wouldn’t look like we were leading on this issue.”

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