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Corbyn opens door for the return of his critics.

Byline: BEN GLAZE

JEREMY Corbyn yesterday pledged to "reach out" to rebel Labour MPs and unify the warring party under his leadership.

Revelling in his shock election performance, Mr Corbyn signalled a return for a string of big hitters to boost the fight against the Tories.

He said he would offer Shadow Cabinet jobs to MPs from all wings of the party as he prepares for a possible second general election.

It is understood respected backbencher Yvette Cooper would accept the post of Shadow Home Secretary if asked.

Mr Corbyn's one-time leadership rivals Chuka Umunna and Angela Eagle have already stated they would serve on his frontbench.

And the Labour leader fuelled claims he may beef up his top team.

Mr Corbyn told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show: "Of course I'm going to reach out."

The olive branch to moderates marks a stunning reversal in internal in just 12 months. After last June's EU referendum, 170 MPs backed motion of no-confidence in the leader and a string of Shadow ministers quit.

But Mr Corbyn's election campaign resulted in Labour picking up 30 seats and top 40% in the popular vote, stunning his critics.

MPs who criticised his leadership have lined up since Thursday night to admit they were wrong.

But Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell has cautioned against axing the existing frontbench team who have loyally stood by the Labour leader over the past year.

He told ITV's Peston on Sunday: "We want to draw on all the talents, but that Shadow Cabinet is a winning team. I don't want to break up that winning team.

"We should hold together, but a number of vacancies will come up."

Former Shadow Home Secretary Ms Cooper was tight-lipped about a return yesterday, telling Sky News' Sophy Ridge: "Jeremy must choose the Shadow Cabinet he wants."

CAPTION(S):

TIGHT-LIPPED Yvette Cooper refused to be drawn on a return to the Shadow Cabinet

IN Chuka Umunna and Angela Eagle are happy to join John McDonnell

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jun 12, 2017
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