MP for Rochdale Tony Lloyd, a former police and crime commissioner for Greater Manchester has been appointed as Shadow Nothern Ireland Secretary by Jeremy Corbyn.

The appointment follows the sacking of Owen Smith for calling for a second referendum on Brexit once the final negotiations have been completed.

The sacking was described as a Stalinist conspiracy by pro-European former Northern Ireland Secretary Lord Peter Hain

Tony Lloyd told Matt Frei on LBC news

”Peter is a friend of mine, but I don’t recognise the fact that I’m part of a Stalinist coup.”

Matt Frei then asked the newly appointment secretary why the British people couldn’t have a second EU vote.

“It’s simply not where the country’s at” Mr Lloyd said.

“The job of the opposition is to be saying very clearly our expectation is that the deal that comes back from Brussels is one that’s in the interest of the people of the United Kingdom, whichever part of the United Kingdom.

“It most certainly does involve no hard border in Ireland.”



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