Bill Shorten has ‘fire in the belly’, says Labor on the cusp of victory

Bill Shorten has told supporters he still has “an immense amount of fire in the belly” and described himself as “a leader” and said the election loss he oversaw, his second as opposition leader, was not the result Labor deserved.

His comments will reinforce a view among some Labor MPs that Mr Shorten still harbours leadership ambitions.

Former Labor leader Bill Shorten believes Labor can win the next election.Credit:AAP

In a video recording of a speech to the Maribyrnong End of Year Party on Thursday night, obtained by The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, Mr Shorten said the result of the 2016 election, which Labor was widely expected to win, was not deserved.

But the former leader, who has said he plans to remain in Parliament for 20 more years despite leading Labor to two conservative losses, said Labor was on the cusp of winning the next election.


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