Dan Jarvis Among ‘Moderate’ Figures Tipped To Join Jeremy Corbyn’s Shadow Team

Jarvis didn’t quit the shadow frontbench this summer because he was never a part of the Corbyn team. Although urged to stand for leader himself in 2015, he opted to put his family first.

The Barnsley Central MP held a joint event with Corbyn in his Yorkshire constituency this month, highlighting a local child poverty campaign.

Starmer, a former Director of Public Prosecutions, is another MP highly rated by his colleagues and is an ally of Shadow Home Secretary Andy Burnham, who chose to stay in the Shadow Cabinet.

Healey, an expert on local government and housing, was also valued by Corbyn for his contribution over the past year.

One MP said that the key would be for Corbyn to use the depth of experience and stature of those currently on the backbenches, particularly in reaching out to groups like business, healthcare, education to project Labour as a serious party of future government.

All those considering a return know that they will face difficult questions over why they now believe Corbyn should be the nation’s choice as Prime Minister, but some have told HuffPost that such media worries are secondary to the need to “speak up for the nine million people who voted Labour and who have been failed badly”.

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