Chuka Umunna, a member of the home affairs committee, has put his name forward to replace Keith Vaz [Image: Jack Taylor/Getty Images].

Chuka Umunna, a member of the home affairs committee, has put his name forward to replace Keith Vaz [Image: Jack Taylor/Getty Images].


The Graun reckons Chuma Umunna, Yvette Cooper and Caroline Flint are “big guns” but This Writer begs to differ. They are has-beens.

Mr Umunna backed down from standing in the Labour leadership election last year after he made himself unwelcome; Ms Cooper came third in that election and Ms Flint was an also-ran in the deputy leader election. They are spent forces.

In addition, This Writer has seen Mr Umunna’s behaviour in the Home Affairs committee and it seems clear that he is not interested in establishing facts for the betterment of the United Kingdom, but is more interested in pursuing his own agenda where he can.

At least he is a member of the committee.

The Graun makes the very good point that “the trio, all former frontbenchers, are among several senior Labour figures who lack confidence in Jeremy Corbyn and are seeking other senior roles in parliament or elsewhere with the expectation that he is likely to win the upcoming leadership election.”

That’s right – they’re after roles of influence which they can use to undermine their party’s leader.

Does anybody – at all – think that is an appropriate way for a member of any organisation to behave?

If they were in business, they would be getting the sack – not promotion.

Three high-profile Labour MPs, Chuka Umunna, Caroline Flint and Yvette Cooper, are to battle it out to replace Keith Vaz as chair of the home affairs select committee.

There is stiff competition to head the influential committee after Vaz resigned following Sunday newspaper allegations that he had paid male escorts.

Friends of Cooper, the former shadow home secretary, confirmed she was considering a bid for the position. Umunna, who is a member of the committee, has also put his name forward.

Flint, who was a Home Office minister in the last Labour government and stood for the deputy leadership, announced her intention to stand on Wednesday night.

Source: Labour big guns line up to replace Keith Vaz on home affairs committee | Politics | The Guardian

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