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10 July 2015

Alistair Darling backs Caroline Flint

Caroline Flint's campaign for the deputy leadership has recieved a boost thanks to the endorsement of Alistair Darling, the former Chancellor of the Exchequer and head of Better Together.

By Stephen Bush

Caroline Flint’s campaign for the deputy leadership has been endorsed by Alistair Darling, former Chancellor of the Exchequer, and head of the cross-party campaign to keep Britain in the United Kingdom, Better Together. 

In an email to Labour supporters, to be sent out later today, Darling will describe Flint as a “formidable campaigner”, both during the referendum campaign and in the general election.  Highlighting what many believe to be Flint’s greatest asset – her abilities as a media performer, Darling says that “she fights our corner on the radio, on the news bulletins and on the lion’s den that is Question Time”. Flint appeared more times on the programme during the Ed Miliband era than any other Labour politician. 

The Darling endorsement will provide a boost for the Flint campaign ahead of the latest Labour leadership hustings in Glasgow. Flint said:

“I’m delighted that a figure as experienced and respected in the Labour Party as Alistair Darling is backing me to be Labour’s deputy leader. The SNP are not invincible. We can reach out again to people of all backgrounds who share our values, connecting once again with the majority of voters. Scottish Labour can recover. Our great party can rebuild – and I want to play my part as deputy leader.” 

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