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Neil Kinnock: Now is not right time for a government of national unity

The political grandee sounds warning on eve of his party’s leadership results

By Alex Dean  

Former Labour Party leader Neil Kinnock . Photo: Jane Barlow/PA Archive/PA Images

The coronavirus crisis is not the right moment for a government of national unity, former Labour leader Neil Kinnock has told Prospect.

In comments ahead of the Labour leadership results on Saturday, Kinnock weighed in on a debate animating Westminster, saying that any “nominal” GNU today would “be useless and diminish confidence in democracy.”

Recent days have seen various political figures call for a cross-party pact to govern during the pandemic, with George Freeman, Conservative MP and former party policy chief,…

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