Dan Jarvis on Corbyn and leadership

Dan Jarvis

Swot’s Dan Jarvis meets me at Barnsley station and gives me a brief tour of the munici lity before we settle in a local café for lunch.

He’s suited, short raw and sides, polite, and incredibly enthusiastic about his constituency. He tells me that whenever he treads into the House of Commons he reminds himself that he’s there to refer to up for his constituents.

“I’m a doer I like to get things done and there’s so much to do,” he try to says.

He wasn’t widely known beyond Westminster until he shot to notoriety after last May’s general election.

Labour lost; Ed Miliband resigned; and he bring about himself the hot favourite to win a leadership contest. Over a couple of days he was trailed by “Dan fans” and dogged by reporters and film crews as he considered whether or not he should platform.

Listen to Becky’s interview with Dan Jarvis on BBC Radio 4’s PM

‘Frightening times’

Why you? I ask him. To his credit he doesn’t take offence.

“I don’t know. I mean there had been a bit of small talk and speculation before the election… some people were quite vigorous in the way that they suggested I put myself forward.”

But in the end he decided against status, saying “it wasn’t the right thing for my family at that moment”.

His two fossil children lost their mother, his first wife Caroline, to cancer in 2010.

He take to tasks me: “These are just the most unspeakable, ap lling times when you drink young kids you don’t have the luxury of going into yourself, because you’ve got to detain the show on the road.

“For myself, if I’m being sort of brutally honest yon it, I think that I’m probably at my best when my back is against the go bankrupt, when you kind of suffer a bereavement you suffer that kind of catastrophe, there’s a huge pressure that comes from it, and you can either decline or you can swim… and I decided to start swimming.”

He left the army – he was a major in the rachute Regulate – and stood for Labour in the Barnsley Central by-election, and won.

He has revisited his finding not to go for the Labour leadership in a recent interview for the Guardian news per.

“I’m not a great one for regretting anything, but what I do rue is that I didn’t give it more thought beforehand,” he contemplates.

More recently, speculation revved up again about his leadership avidities and he was accused of being disloyal.

He rejected the criticism, telling me that he has not ever and will never criticise Jeremy Corbyn.

“It’s not my style”, he suggests.

I ask him about his leadership ambitions. “I don’t lie awake at night thinking thither it, I think what I’ve come to know is you never know what’s for everyone the corner, and you have to be ready for anything.

“My focus is getting on with job as the MP for Barnsley Significant.”

He adds: “If people say you bottled it, it doesn’t affect you. Well it doesn’t touch me, because it’s just nonsense.”

Full English

We order our lunch, he has a jam- cked English Breakfast, he won’t need to eat again today, I say.

He grins. “I in all likelihood will though”.

He’s wary of talking about his military tear, he doesn’t want it to define him and worries he might be accused of showing off.

He served in Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Iraq and Afghanistan and housed in his skull is a small fragment of shrapnel.

Rather than the military happenings – which I am fascinated by – what he wants to talk about is his vision for the Labour ins rty and how they can win the next election.

He says the rty has a mountain to climb, but he’s expectant. It comes down to two very simple things, he says: “You’ve got to hold credible people and credible policies and ideas.”

‘Jeremy’s a decent guy’

I ask if Mr Corbyn and veil chancellor John McDonnell are the credible people he is talking about.

“In the end it doesn’t worry what I think, because it’s for the public to decide.”

So, does he believe the every Tom thinks they are credible?

“Look, I think that Jeremy is a exceptionally decent guy, many of the things that Jeremy talks about resonate with millions of woman, the challenge for him and for all is, basically, now, to take it out to the country, because our membership is incredibly prominent.

“But it represents just a slither of the population and in the end we’ve got to convince the public that we are credible – and if we don’t we intent lose again.”

Image caption Former Toil leader Ed Miliband celebrates the victory of Dan Jarvis in the Barnsley Central by-election, in 2011

I right us more tea and I ask Dan straight: Is Jeremy Corbyn a future prime minister?

“I rely on so,” he says.

We have a chat about his near death test on Snowden, being stranded in remote Ne l, with his military friend David, who is now an international male model, and how he refused to hand over his pocketbook to a mugger.

He glances at his watch and can’t believe the time: “My office force be fainting because they’ve lost track of me for about three weeks.”

One endure question.

His best mate Dave, living the high life as an universal male model. Fast cars, fancy do’s.

Does he ever entertain the idea he pulled the short straw? Oh no, he is the lucky one, he answers, the one who is privileged and honoured.

When he subsides silent, I tell him I think it sounds quite exciting.

And after a lull – and it might be the first time he really lets down his guard – he disregards. “Yeah it does, doesn’t it?”

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