Jeremy Corbyn opened the possibility that he could remain as a Labor frontbencher after resigning as party leader, refusing to rule out the idea of serving in the next shadow cabinet.
Asked about the possibility during a visit to the flood-affected areas in South Wales, he said that if he were offered a border post he would “see what it is about”.
Earlier this week Rebecca Long-Bailey, the shadow trade secretary and favored candidate from the party wing Corbyn, said she would like to offer him a high-level role if he wins the members’ impending ballot.
The other two remaining candidates: Keir Starmer, the favorite, and Lisa Nandy, have not made similar offers, although Richard Burgon, among those who will establish themselves as Labor’s deputy leader, has said he would like Corbyn to become the foreign shadow secretary.
Corbyn, who announced he would resign after Labor lost a second election under his leadership in December, said: “I am happy to serve the party in any capacity because my whole life has been made to contribute. in parliament, holding governments to account and, of course, talking about political areas.
“I have been proud to lead the party for the past five years, proud of the political achievements we have made and the great growth of the members.”
Asked if he would accept a new role in the Cabinet of Shadows, Corbyn said he would “see what it is about,” adding, “I didn’t know I was going to be offered something and you’re telling me something I didn’t know.”
Labor members are about to cast their vote for the three candidates, with the vote open on February 21 and the result expected on April 4. The remaining promising first had to secure sufficient support from Labor MPs, then from the local parties of the affiliated groups.
Speaking early Thursday, Nandy said he would be happy to serve in Starmer’s or Long-Bailey’s shadow closets if they win.
“Yes, of course,” the Wigan Member of Parliament told ITV’s Good Morning Britain. “What you really don’t realize is that we are pretty good companions behind the scenes, there is a camaraderie that comes from being subjected to this process.
“We are the only people who understand how hard it is and, yes, I would be proud to serve in their shadow toilets.”
At the same question asked last week, Starmer said he “said goodbye” to Nandy and Long-Bailey, but didn’t say if he would be willing to serve under either of them.