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Could a Welsh MP ever be PM?

Summer sees further bruising rounds of Owen Smith challenging Jeremy Corbyn to be Leader of the UK’s much troubled Labour party. The drama continues to unfold against a backdrop of tortuous legal interpretations of Labour Party rules, accusations of ‘entryist’ tactics, let alone a potential split and creation of a new political party (anyone for new ‘New Labour’ perhaps?). Smith has little to lose at this stage of his career. He has served only as Ed Miliband's Shadow Secretary of State for Wales (2012) and briefly as Shadow SoS for Work and Pensions under Corby. But his candidature begs a bigger question that has not yet been explored as to...

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Remind him of anybody? Male politicians have taken uniformly to wearing white shirts and Mad Men 1960s glasses – none more so perhaps than look-alikes President Hollande and Labour Pretender, Owen Smith MP.

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