Peter Mandelson has said that he would be delighted to serve in a Keir Starmer government as he urged the Labour leader to do more to project his personality to win round voters. the Labour leader to be bolder about developing ideas on how to reshape the economy.
He said that Labour had to stop talking to itself and reach out to convince voters – particularly in Scotland – to give the party another chance. Jeremy Corbyn who had the whip suspended for saying that the scale of anti-Semitism under him in Labour had been overstated. Chopper’s Politics podcast, which you can listen to using the audio player above, Lord Mandelson said he still hankered after a return to a job in a future Labour government – although he had not discussed the idea with Sir Keir.
‘Slim down the shadow cabinet’
Lord Mandelson said Sir Keir might benefit if he cut down the number of frontbenchers who are advising him to a core team.
‘Boris Johnson has a poor character’
Lord Mandelson urged Sir Keir to project his personality to appeal to voters saying: “He’s the opposite of Boris Johnson. I mean, Boris Johnson has a strong personality, but a poor character.
‘The SNP are there for the taking’
Lord Mandelson was optimistic about Labour’s prospects against the SNP, saying: “The SNP is there for the taking, but you need a really effective political force reassembled in Scotland.”
Lord Mandelson called for more devolution in England: “We need to decentralise the country. Let it breathe a bit more, let local people empower them, allow them to take more decisions.
Mushy peas, or guacamole?
Lord Mandelson, who was MP for Hartlepool from 1992 to 2004, clarified a story about him that has gone down in political folklore: that he had once confused mushy peas with guacamole in a fish and chip shop. Listen to Christopher Hope’s full interview with Lord Mandelson, along with a conversation with House of Commons speaker Sir Lindsay Hoyle, on Chopper’s Politics , The Telegraph’s weekly political podcast, using the audio player above, on Apple Podcasts , Spotify or wherever you listen to podcasts.
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