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Labour would need to take Jacob Rees-Mogg’s seat to win a majority without a revival in Scotland, a party frontbencher has warned following a report into the party’s disastrous election defeat.

Lucy Powell, a shadow business minister, on Friday claimed that unless Sir Keir Starmer was unable to make “substantial gains” from the SNP the party would need to perform the near-impossible task of winning scores of English Tory strongholds. 

Despite recent polls showing Labour is closing the gap on the Conservatives, Ms Powell, who co-authored the report on the 2019 defeat alongside MPs including Ed Miliband, warned the party still had a “significant mountain” to climb. 

She added that while a “culmination” of

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