Keir Starmer refuses to commit to having leadership opponents on shadow cabinet

Labour leadership hopeful Sir Keir Starmer has refused to commit to having the two other candidates for the post on his shadow cabinet.

He said he "saluted" the other two candidates to succeed Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader – but he would not say if he would have either Lisa Nandy or Rebecca Long-Bailey on his front bench.

Speaking at a leadership hustings in Glasgow, Sir Keir said: "I don't think any of us are going to get into jostling for positions on this."

Ms Nandy said she would be "proud to serve alongside these two".

Speaking about the hustings tour, which is taking place as the party looks for its next leader, she added: "There is a camaraderie that comes from going around the country from one conference centre to another.

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 15: Lisa Nandy at the Labour leadership hustings on the stage at SEC in Glasgow on February 15, 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland. Sir Keir Starmer, Rebecca Long-Bailey and Lisa Nandy are vying to replace Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who offered to step down following his party's loss in the December 2019 general election. Emily Thornberry was eliminated from the race yesterday after failing to secure enough nominations from local constituency parties. (Photo by Robert Perry/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 15: Sir Keir Starmer (R) smiles towards Lisa Nandy (C) and Rebecca Long-Bailey at the Labour leadership hustings on the stage at SEC in Glasgow on February 15, 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland. Sir Keir Starmer, Rebecca Long-Bailey and Lisa Nandy are vying to replace Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who offered to step down following his party's loss in the December 2019 general election. Emily Thornberry was eliminated from the race yesterday after failing to secure enough nominations from local constituency parties. (Photo by Robert Perry/Getty Images)
Rebecca Long-Bailey, Lisa Nandy and Sir Keir Starmer after the Labour leadership hustings.
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 15: Rebecca Long-Bailey at the Labour leadership hustings on the stage at SEC in Glasgow on February 15, 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland. Sir Keir Starmer, Rebecca Long-Bailey and Lisa Nandy are vying to replace Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who offered to step down following his party's loss in the December 2019 general election. Emily Thornberry was eliminated from the race yesterday after failing to secure enough nominations from local constituency parties. (Photo by Robert Perry/Getty Images)
CARDIFF, WALES - FEBRUARY 02: Angela Rayner speaks at the Labour Leadership Hustings at Cardiff City Hall on February 2, 2020 in Cardiff, Wales. Angela Rayner, MP for Ashton-under-Lyne, is standing as a candidate in the Labour Party deputy leadership election. (Photo by Matthew Horwood/Getty Images)
Labour party candidate Dr Rosena Allin-Khan during the Labour leadership hustings at the SEC centre, Glasgow. (Photo by Jane Barlow/PA Images via Getty Images)
Dawn Butler during the Labour leadership hustings at the SEC centre, Glasgow. (Photo by Jane Barlow/PA Images via Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 15: Rebecca Long-Bailey (L), Lisa Nandy (C) and Sir Keir Starmer (R) speaking at the Labour leadership hustings on the stage at SEC in Glasgow on February 15, 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland. Sir Keir Starmer, Rebecca Long-Bailey and Lisa Nandy are vying to replace Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who offered to step down following his party's loss in the December 2019 general election. Emily Thornberry was eliminated from the race yesterday after failing to secure enough nominations from local constituency parties. (Photo by Robert Perry/Getty Images)
BRISTOL, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 01: Labour MP, Angela Rayner, after taking part in the party deputy leadership hustings at Ashton Gate Stadium on February 01, 2020 in Bristol, England. Five candidates are vying to become the new Labour deputy leader following the departure of Tom Watson who stood down in November last year. (Photo by Finnbarr Webster/Getty Images)
BRISTOL, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 01: Labour MPs, (L-R) Dr Rosena Allin-Khan, Dawn Butler, Angela Rayner, Richard Burgon and Ian Murray take part in the party deputy leadership hustings at Ashton Gate Stadium on February 01, 2020 in Bristol, England. Five candidates are vying to become the new Labour deputy leader following the departure of Tom Watson who stood down in November last year. (Photo by Finnbarr Webster/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 15: Sir Keir Starmer speaking at the Labour leadership hustings on the stage at SEC in Glasgow on February 15, 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland. Sir Keir Starmer, Rebecca Long-Bailey and Lisa Nandy are vying to replace Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who offered to step down following his party's loss in the December 2019 general election. Emily Thornberry was eliminated from the race yesterday after failing to secure enough nominations from local constituency parties. (Photo by Robert Perry/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 15: Richard Leonard, leader of the Scottish Labour Party opening remarks at the Labour leadership hustings on the stage at SEC in Glasgow on February 15, 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland. Sir Keir Starmer, Rebecca Long-Bailey and Lisa Nandy are vying to replace Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who offered to step down following his party's loss in the December 2019 general election. Emily Thornberry was eliminated from the race yesterday after failing to secure enough nominations from local constituency parties. (Photo by Robert Perry/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 15: Lisa Nandy and Sir Keir Starmer (R) speaking at the Labour leadership hustings on the stage at SEC in Glasgow on February 15, 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland. Sir Keir Starmer, Rebecca Long-Bailey and Lisa Nandy are vying to replace Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who offered to step down following his party's loss in the December 2019 general election. Emily Thornberry was eliminated from the race yesterday after failing to secure enough nominations from local constituency parties. (Photo by Robert Perry/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 15: Sir Keir Starmer speaking at the Labour leadership hustings on the stage at SEC in Glasgow on February 15, 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland. Sir Keir Starmer, Rebecca Long-Bailey and Lisa Nandy are vying to replace Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who offered to step down following his party's loss in the December 2019 general election. Emily Thornberry was eliminated from the race yesterday after failing to secure enough nominations from local constituency parties. (Photo by Robert Perry/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 15: Sir Keir Starmer (R) gestures towards towards Lisa Nandy at the Labour leadership hustings on the stage at SEC in Glasgow on February 15, 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland. Sir Keir Starmer, Rebecca Long-Bailey and Lisa Nandy are vying to replace Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who offered to step down following his party's loss in the December 2019 general election. Emily Thornberry was eliminated from the race yesterday after failing to secure enough nominations from local constituency parties. (Photo by Robert Perry/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 15: Sir Keir Starmer (R) smiles towards Lisa Nandy (C) and Rebecca Long-Bailey at the Labour leadership hustings on the stage at SEC in Glasgow on February 15, 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland. Sir Keir Starmer, Rebecca Long-Bailey and Lisa Nandy are vying to replace Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who offered to step down following his party's loss in the December 2019 general election. Emily Thornberry was eliminated from the race yesterday after failing to secure enough nominations from local constituency parties. (Photo by Robert Perry/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 15: Lisa Nandy at the Labour leadership hustings on the stage at SEC in Glasgow on February 15, 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland. Sir Keir Starmer, Rebecca Long-Bailey and Lisa Nandy are vying to replace Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who offered to step down following his party's loss in the December 2019 general election. Emily Thornberry was eliminated from the race yesterday after failing to secure enough nominations from local constituency parties. (Photo by Robert Perry/Getty Images)
CARDIFF, WALES - FEBRUARY 02: British Labour deputy leadership candidates Rosena Allin-Khan, Richard Burgon, Dawn Butler, Ian Murray and Angela Rayner (L to R) at the Labour Deputy Leadership Hustings at Cardiff City Hall on February 2, 2020 in Cardiff, Wales. The new deputy leader will be announced on April 4. (Photo by Matthew Horwood/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 15: Lisa Nandy and Sir Keir Starmer share a joke onstage at the Labour leadership hustings at SEC in Glasgow on February 15, 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland. Sir Keir Starmer, Rebecca Long-Bailey and Lisa Nandy are vying to replace Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who offered to step down following his party's loss in the December 2019 general election. Emily Thornberry was eliminated from the race yesterday after failing to secure enough nominations from local constituency parties. (Photo by Robert Perry/Getty Images)
BRISTOL, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 01: Labour MPs, (L-R) Dr Rosena Allin-Khan, Dawn Butler and Angela Rayner take part in the party deputy leadership hustings at Ashton Gate Stadium on February 01, 2020 in Bristol, England. Five candidates are vying to become the new Labour deputy leader following the departure of Tom Watson who stood down in November last year. (Photo by Finnbarr Webster/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 15: Lisa Nandy and Sir Keir Starmer share a joke onstage at the Labour leadership hustings at SEC in Glasgow on February 15, 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland. Sir Keir Starmer, Rebecca Long-Bailey and Lisa Nandy are vying to replace Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who offered to step down following his party's loss in the December 2019 general election. Emily Thornberry was eliminated from the race yesterday after failing to secure enough nominations from local constituency parties. (Photo by Robert Perry/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 15: Sir Keir Starmer (R) smiles on stage at the Labour leadership hustings at SEC in Glasgow on February 15, 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland. Sir Keir Starmer, Rebecca Long-Bailey and Lisa Nandy are vying to replace Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who offered to step down following his party's loss in the December 2019 general election. Emily Thornberry was eliminated from the race yesterday after failing to secure enough nominations from local constituency parties. (Photo by Robert Perry/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 15: Sir Keir Starmer speaking at the Labour leadership hustings on the stage at SEC in Glasgow on February 15, 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland. Sir Keir Starmer, Rebecca Long-Bailey and Lisa Nandy are vying to replace Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who offered to step down following his party's loss in the December 2019 general election. Emily Thornberry was eliminated from the race yesterday after failing to secure enough nominations from local constituency parties. (Photo by Robert Perry/Getty Images)
Labour leadership candidate Lisa Nandy during the Labour leadership hustings at the SEC centre, Glasgow. (Photo by Jane Barlow/PA Images via Getty Images)
(left to right) Labour leadership candidates Rebecca Long-Bailey, Lisa Nandy and Sir Keir Starmer after the Labour leadership hustings at the SEC centre, Glasgow. (Photo by Jane Barlow/PA Images via Getty Images)
(left to right) Labour leadership candidates Rebecca Long-Bailey, Lisa Nandy and Sir Keir Starmer after the Labour leadership hustings at the SEC centre, Glasgow. (Photo by Jane Barlow/PA Images via Getty Images)
Labour leadership candidate Sir Keir Starmer has a selfie taken with a party delegate after the Labour leadership hustings at the SEC centre, Glasgow. (Photo by Jane Barlow/PA Images via Getty Images)
(left to right) Labour leadership candidates Rebecca Long-Bailey, Lisa Nandy and Sir Keir Starmer after the Labour leadership hustings at the SEC centre, Glasgow. (Photo by Jane Barlow/PA Images via Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 15: (L-R) Rebecca Long-Bailey, Lisa Nandy and Sir Keir Starmer stand together after speaking at the Labour leadership hustings on the stage at SEC in Glasgow on February 15, 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland. Sir Keir Starmer, Rebecca Long-Bailey and Lisa Nandy are vying to replace Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who offered to step down following his party's loss in the December 2019 general election. Emily Thornberry was eliminated from the race yesterday after failing to secure enough nominations from local constituency parties. (Photo by Robert Perry/Getty Images)
Labour leadership candidate Sir Keir Starmer spaeking during the Labour leadership hustings at the SEC centre, Glasgow. (Photo by Jane Barlow/PA Images via Getty Images)
Labour leadership candidate Sir Keir Starmer (right), alongside Lisa Nandy (centre) and Rebecca Long-Bailey (left), speaking during the Labour leadership hustings at the SEC Centre, Glasgow. (Photo by Jane Barlow/PA Images via Getty Images)
Labour leadership candidate Lisa Nandy speaking during the Labour leadership hustings at the SEC centre, Glasgow. (Photo by Jane Barlow/PA Images via Getty Images)
Labour leadership candidates Rebecca Long-Bailey (left), and Lisa Nandy, speaking during the Labour leadership hustings at the SEC centre, Glasgow. (Photo by Jane Barlow/PA Images via Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 15: Lisa Nandy looks towards Sir Keir Starmer during the Labour leadership hustings on the stage at SEC in Glasgow on February 15, 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland. Sir Keir Starmer, Rebecca Long-Bailey and Lisa Nandy are vying to replace Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who offered to step down following his party's loss in the December 2019 general election. Emily Thornberry was eliminated from the race yesterday after failing to secure enough nominations from local constituency parties. (Photo by Robert Perry/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 15: Lisa Nandy speaking at the Labour leadership hustings on the stage at SEC in Glasgow on February 15, 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland. Sir Keir Starmer, Rebecca Long-Bailey and Lisa Nandy are vying to replace Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who offered to step down following his party's loss in the December 2019 general election. Emily Thornberry was eliminated from the race yesterday after failing to secure enough nominations from local constituency parties. (Photo by Robert Perry/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 15: Lisa Nandy speaking at the Labour leadership hustings on the stage at SEC in Glasgow on February 15, 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland. Sir Keir Starmer, Rebecca Long-Bailey and Lisa Nandy are vying to replace Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who offered to step down following his party's loss in the December 2019 general election. Emily Thornberry was eliminated from the race yesterday after failing to secure enough nominations from local constituency parties. (Photo by Robert Perry/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - FEBRUARY 15: Sir Keir Starmer speaking at the Labour leadership hustings on the stage at SEC in Glasgow on February 15, 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland. Sir Keir Starmer, Rebecca Long-Bailey and Lisa Nandy are vying to replace Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who offered to step down following his party's loss in the December 2019 general election. Emily Thornberry was eliminated from the race yesterday after failing to secure enough nominations from local constituency parties. (Photo by Robert Perry/Getty Images)
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"And we do actually like each other."

Ms Long-Bailey told the audience: "I feel a bit sad that Keir doesn't want us in his shadow cabinet."

She added: "I think we've got three brilliant candidates and we had brilliant candidates who unfortunately didn't make it onto the ballot paper.

"I know we don't agree with each other all the time, we're very different and our visions are probably very different but we meet on areas of common ground, and that's what would make us a strong shadow cabinet and I would have Keir and and Lisa in my shadow cabinet."

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