“So, it could be the biggest party and even when I look at the polls, and I see the Tories are surging forward at the moment, I actually can’t see the numbers where they make up the seats that they’ll lose in Scotland.
“If it was proportional representation then the Tories would end up the biggest party, but our system is weird.
“So yes, the Labour Party could be the biggest party.”
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Speaking at the Cheltenham Literature Festival about whether she may run for the top job, Ms Phillips said: “Might do, yes. The answer is I genuinely don’t know. I’d have to see how the land lays at that moment.
“What I don’t want to be is just a personality in politics. We have gone too far down that rabbit hole.
“If I stand it has to be not just because people trust me, people do trust me, it isn’t just because people feel connected with that. That’s not enough, it has to be about having a genuine plan for the future for our country.
“At that time, I would make that assessment about whether I was the best thing for the future of the country.”
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She added, laughing: “That’s a big ask of someone, but I am incredibly arrogant.
“My husband is dead against it. He’s not a member of the Labour Party but he does have a union vote.
“He would vote for me in an election but I’m not sure he voted Labour at the last one.”
Ms Phillips said Labour MPs should always vote and campaign for their own party, but she called for tactical voting to unseat Boris Johnson in Uxbridge.
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She claimed the Prime Minister is leading a Government which is deliberately stoking divisions.
She said: “There has always been aggression and violence towards Members of Parliament, that bit isn’t particularly new.
“The bit that is new is that people’s political careers are currently riding on people hating politicians and are stepping that up for their own purposes and that I don’t think has been true before.
“It pays Boris Johnson’s bills for people to hate me, which is s**t.
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“There is no way to avoid some of the risk. It’s just constant and you can never tell what is real and what isn’t, and within that chaos lies fear.
“That is psychological warfare essentially.”
Her remarks come after shadow chancellor John McDonnell said on Friday that both he and Mr Corbyn would stand down if Labour loses the next election.
Ms Phillips is not the only Labour member to criticise Mr Corbyn this week.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan is on a collision course with Mr Corbyn over the party’s Brexit policy after stating Labour should “absolutely” back a second EU referendum before pursuing a general election.
The ardent Remainer has said the Labour leader’s plan to have a general election and then give the public another vote on Brexit “does not make sense” because the party’s Brexit position is “so unclear”.
Mr Khan, who is seeking a second-term as London Mayor, said voters should be given the choice between the terms negotiated by the Government and Remaining in the EU.
Meanwhile, Mr Johnson is reported to be entering the ‘tunnel’ phase of his deal with the EU. He remains adamant the UK will leave the EU on Halloween.
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