Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Burnham 'Is Swerving All over Place on Corbyn'

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Burnham 'Is Swerving All over Place on Corbyn'

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Byline: JoeMurphy

ANDY BURNHAM was accused of "swerving all over the place" by rival Yvette Cooper after he offered a post to frontrunner Jeremy Corbyn.

A day after he was quoted as saying that he would put Mr Corbyn in his shadow cabinet, Mr Burnham appeared to downgrade the offer.

Speaking in Manchester, the shadow health secretary said: "Jeremy has brought real energy to this race. I want to capture that and would involve Jeremy in my team from the outset. "I want the people who are drawn to his campaign particularly young people to help us rebuild our party from the bottom up, to re-energise it, make it the people's party again."

But Ms Cooper accused him of courting disaster by tacking left and right to try to accommodate the surge of new members attracted by Mr Corbyn.

"We can't move our narrow party a bit to the left or a bit to the right," she told BBC radio. "But neither can we swerve all over the place because we will crash and we will lose in 2020. …

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