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Labour’s Angela Rayner: ‘Ideology never put food on my table’

The shadow education secretary endures appalling abuse over her rise from teenage mother and union boss to Labour education secretary. Is she right that someone like her could never become PM?

‘Aren’t the children quiet,’ says the shadow education secretary, Angela Rayner, to a group of parents at a community centre in Crewe. They have come to hear her talk about the rising cost of childcare during the summer holidays. “My children wouldn’t be that quiet!” Rayner is good in these situations; she understands the problems faced by parents trying to keep their children safe during the summer. One says he …read more

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