Labour: PM could fall at any time

The Sunday Post (Newcastle) - - NEWS -

Labour is pre­pared to bring down the UK Gov­ern­ment “within weeks”, the shadow For­eign Sec­re­tary has said.

Emily Thorn­berry, who is cur­rently trav­el­ling to Is­rael as part of her shadow cab­i­net du­ties, said she had been told by party bosses that she must be back in London for the Com­mons re­turn­ing from a mini-re­cess on Mon­day.

“We could bring down the Gov­ern­ment at any time so we have to be here at all votes,” she said.

Her com­ments in a mag­a­zine in­ter­view come at the end of an­other dif­fi­cult week for Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May, which saw for­mer In­ter­na­tional De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Priti Pa­tel quit the Cab­i­net amid con­tro­versy.

Asked when she thought the next elec­tion will hap­pen, Ms Thorn­berry said: “They’re not go­ing to last five years, but whether it’s weeks, months or years, no one knows. This is un­prece­dented. As a mi­nor­ity gov­ern­ment, to stay in power you don’t do any­thing con­tro­ver­sial.

“Well how’s that go­ing? It could be some­thing ma­jor like Brexit, but it could be some­thing that we just don’t pre­dict and seems rel­a­tively mi­nor at the time.

“They’re so frag­ile that any­thing could hap­pen to knock them over, and we need to be ready to go.”

The Jeremy Cor­byn ally also played down spec­u­la­tion that she could be the next Labour leader, fol­low­ing re­ports that Unite gen­eral sec­re­tary Len McCluskey would back her in any fu­ture con­test.

Emily Thorn­berry

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