Angela Rayner mocked by Sajid Javid as deputy Labour leader confuses him with Sadiq Khan

Angela Rayner leadership potential weighed up by Labour MP

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The left-wing MP was accused of twice yesterday mixing up the two muslim politicians when conducting media interviews. Ms Rayner was conducting media rounds criticising the Government when she made the embarrassing faux pas.

In an interview with Sky News she can be heard saying: “We’ve got Sadiq Javid who starts as health secretary.”

In another clip for an interview with Radio 4’s Today programme she said “Our NHS is staved of the resources it needs, and Sadiq Javid, who’s coming into that role,” before being cut off by the presenter.

Taking aim at Labour’s deputy, Mr Javid wrote on social media: “Angela Rayner, I know we’re both sons of Pakistani bus drivers, but we’re different people.

“It’s Sajid Javid and Sadiq Khan.”

Both politicians have been vocal in discussing their backgrounds in public.

Mr Javid regularly spoke about his side in being the son of a bus driver when he ran for Conservative leader in 2019.

When the Bromsgrove MP was made Health Secretary by Boris Johnson at the weekend, Mr Khan congratulated him to the role, joking about their shared heritage.

He said on social media: “Always good to see the children of bus drivers do well!

“Congrats Sajid Javid on your appointment as Health Secretary.

“Look forward to working together to protect our communities from this awful pandemic, get London vaccinated and continue opening up our city and country safely.”

Conservative MPs have enjoyed mocking Ms Rayner following her latest gaffe.

One Tory backbencher said they could not understand how the Ashton-under-Lyne MP had managed to get elected to the position.

Joking about her intelligence, they told “She’s as dense as a James Joyce novel but without the substance.”

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They added: “I feel rather sorry for Keir Starmer.

“I actually think he’s a good man and Britain needs a good Opposition Party, but he hasn’t got a chance with people like Angela Rayner around him.”

Ms Rayner was directly elected by Labour Party members at the same time Sir Keir Starmer took over the reins from Jeremy Corbyn.

It means he is unable to remove her from the position even if he thinks she is doing a poor job.

Last month bitter in-fighting broke out within the party when Sir Keir was accused of attempting to sideline Ms Rayner.

Following the Hartlepool by-election defeat, the leader sacked the Ashton-under-Lyne MP as party chair and head of campaigns.

The move was seen as an attempt to lay blame for the election defeat at the hands of Ms Rayner, with MPs from all factions of the party turning on Sir Keir for the decision.

In the end the deputy leader was given a far more public role, serving as shadow chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, and shadow secretary of state for the future of work.

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