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I think he unlocked the discussion in the West of England. People were able to listen to what Labour were saying and think about it and reflect on it. And then they decided to support it significantly.

He was very very important indeed. I believe that will happen in the rest of the country. It’s a very tough time, I think, to become leader of the opposition during what is a national emergency and we all know what happened in the Second World War: Churchill was supported by people, then lost by a huge, huge amount straight after the war.

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