//General election: Boris Johnson visits Sedgefield as McDonnell says he will leave shadow cabinet – live news

General election: Boris Johnson visits Sedgefield as McDonnell says he will leave shadow cabinet – live news

All the day’s politics news, as Boris Johnson begins tour of formerly safe Labour seats taken by Tories in election

Johnson visits new Tory seatsMcDonnell: ‘I won’t return to shadow cabinet’Clashing egos and ‘policy incontinence’: inside Labour’s campaign

2.21pm GMT

The Huffington Post’s Rachel Wearmouth reports that the shadow justice secretary, Richard Burgon, plans to run for the deputy leadership. The hashtag #backburgon was trending this morning, after what appeared to be a parody campaign page was created on Twitter called “Back Burgon”.

On the Richard Burgon rumours… A source close to the shadow justice secretary tells me he plans to run to be Labour’s deputy rather its leader.Burgon will back Rebecca Long Bailey to be Labour’s first female leader. RLB is widely expected to stand but has not yet confirmed.

So this would make Rebecca Long-Bailey and Richard Burgon, who is secretary of the Socialist Campaign Group, the left-wing slate.

2.03pm GMT

The editor of Labour List reports that NEC members are concerned the leader’s office is trying to “cling on to power”.

NEW: Labour NEC members are worried about the centralisation of crucial decision-making now. One tells me they’re “concerned the leader’s office are trying to cling onto power by refusing to let the full NEC meet until late January“. (THREAD )

Instead the small NEC officers group is going to decide the leadership election timetable, I’m told.

Why is that important? Because several NEC members have left the ruling body after becoming MPs this week and the votes would be tighter now.

The NEC officers group has also just become even smaller, without Tom Watson or Claudia Webbe. It is now just six people.

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