Miliband ally Peter Hain heading for the exit?

"His departure will open up the way for new blood in the shadow cabinet."

The Sunday Telegraph's Patrick Hennessy has some interesting quotes on the immediate future of shadow Welsh secretary Peter Hain. Labour sources tell Hennessy:

Peter wants to leave the front bench on a high. We did very well in local elections in Wales this month and he can take a large part of the credit for that.

He is one of the biggest fans of Ed [Miliband] and what he is trying to do, but his departure will open up the way for new blood in the shadow cabinet.

Hain, 62, is one of Miliband's closest advisors, backed him for the leadership in 2010, and has been intimately involved in the party's policy review. 

If Hain does leave, will Miliband use the opportunity to overhaul his shadow team or simply swap Hain for another Welsh-based MP such as Chris Bryant or Owen Smith? Just how much "new blood" is Miliband willing to risk?

 

Ed Miliband with Peter Hain during Miliband's leadership campaign, 9 June 2010. Credit: Getty Images

Jon Bernstein, former deputy editor of New Statesman, is a digital strategist and editor. He tweets @Jon_Bernstein. 

Show Hide image

The New Statesman Cover | The world after Brexit

A first look at this week's magazine.

24th February - 2nd March issue
The world after Brexit