Mike

Sunday Sun - - News -

AS late as about May Stephen Kin­nock prob­a­bly thought one day he would fol­low in the foot­steps of his dad Neil as Labour party leader.

Neil Kin­nock was fa­mous for three things - tak­ing on the hard left in the party, fall­ing in the sea dur­ing a photo op and host­ing a cringe­wor­thy tri­umphal­ist Labour shindig be­fore the 1992 Gen­eral Elec­tion which the party lost. There is a fourth but I’ll get to that later.

Son Stephen in a cu­ri­ous way has af­ter this week fol­lowed a spook­ily sim­i­lar tra­jec­tory.

He has taken on the ‘hard left’ by be­ing an out­spo­ken critic of Labour leader Jeremy Cor­byn and ap­peared in a cringe­wor­thy event - in this case a TV doc­u­men­tary - which did him no favours and has left his am­bi­tions all at sea.

The BBC doc­u­men­tary was called ‘Labour - the sum­mer that changed ev­ery­thing’.

It fol­lowed sev­eral MPs around for months up to the Gen­eral Elec­tion, start­ing at a time when it looked like Cor­byn was a dead leader walk­ing and that come the morn­ing of June 9 he would have no op­tion but to go.

A month be­fore the bal­lot, Kin­nock ju­nior told the film maker David Modell: “On the 9th June, Jeremy will have to take a long hard look in the mir­ror. It will be a hard per­sonal choice for him, I’m sure. That’s some­thing that only

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