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Angela Rayner: “You never relinquish power, ever, even if it’s difficult”

Labour's rising star talks social mobility, what she learnt from trade unions—and why being leader is "the stuff of dreams"

By Jennifer Williams   October 2017

Shadow Secretary of State for Education Angela Rayner. Photo: Getty

It says something about the modern Labour Party that one of Angela Rayner’s most unusual—and so best-known—attributes is her working-class back-story. Perhaps it says even more that in response to her rapid rise, to the point where she is now being tipped for the top job, some fellow Labour MPs have warned her to tone it down.

“I remember colleagues saying to me ‘it’s great you say so much about your back-story, but I wouldn’t do it too much,…

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