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Rebecca Long-Bailey looks on funny side of millionaire mix-up

A website falsely claimed the Labour leadership hopeful is married to a man with a chemical fortune.

Labour shadow business secretary Rebecca Long-Bailey(Peter Byrne/PA)
Labour shadow business secretary Rebecca Long-Bailey(Peter Byrne/PA)

By Shaun Connolly, PA Political Correspondent

Labour leadership contender Rebecca Long-Bailey has made light of a false report that she is married to a multi-millionaire.

The shadow business secretary reacted with amusement after the Guido Fawkes political website mixed up her husband with a man who has the same name and a major shareholding in a chemical company.

Ms Long-Bailey has made much play of her humble beginnings in the race to replace Jeremy Corbyn, stressing her past experiences such as working in a pawn shop and call centres before becoming a lawyer.

The Salford and Eccles MP, 40, has positioned herself as the most socialist of the six contenders so far declared for the contest.

Ms Long-Bailey has insisted she is best placed to reconnect with working class voters who deserted the party in large number at the December general election.

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Outgoing Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn (Stefan Rousseau/PA)

The website admitted it had got things wrong and apologised for the mistake.

It tweeted: “Apologies, we screwed up. We got the wrong Bailey. Two Steve Baileys working in the chemical industry. A lesson to us to never follow up leads from Wikipedia.”

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