Rebecca Long-Bailey was originally a protégé of Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell – but three months ago it emerged that she had also been ‘anointed’ by Jeremy Corbyn’s inner circle as his successor.
The Mail on Sunday revealed that Corbynistas saw the 39-year-old Lancastrian – an MP for barely four years – as the best hope of carrying on his Left-wing mission should his health fail.
Within months of being elected as Salford MP in May 2015, she was on the frontbench as a Treasury spokesman, then served as Mr McDonnell’s deputy.
In 2017 she became Shadow Business Secretary – and was picked to form part of the party’s team to negotiate with the Government on Brexit.
But with growing influence came attacks from jealous, more experienced colleagues who cruelly dub her ‘Wrong Daily’.
The married mother-of-one has also been mercilessly mocked for robotic TV interviews in defence of Corbyn’s policies.
There was recent speculation Emily Thornberry had upset the top brass as Ms Long-Bailey was seen standing in for Mr Corbyn at PMQs earlier this month.
Mr McDonnell tenderly refers to her as ‘Becky’ and much of her stratospheric rise is put down to his backing.