SIR Keir Starmer wants Labour to be “as united as we can” after eight frontbenchers quit over the Gaza ceasefire vote.
And it emerged axed rebels including Jess Phillips could still get a top job if the party comes to power.
He expressed his “regret” that some MPs couldn’t back the party’s position.
But he said: “I want us to move forward as united as we can.”
Shadow Defence Secretary John Healey said of the rebels: “I know all will work with us to secure a Labour government.”
Ms Phillips said: “I’m still alive and wish to be an asset to Keir.”
When asked about a return, Healey said: “That’s for well down the track.”
He added: “They were frontbenchers before the vote last night.
“They are backbenchers now.
“All of them I know will work with us together to secure a Labour government.”