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Harlow Labour candidate at last General Election slams decision by Sir Keir Starmer to sack education secretary

Politics / Thu 25th Jun 2020 at 05:36pm

A FORMER Labour parliamentary candidate for Harlow has echoed criticism of Labour leader, Sir Keir Starmer’s decision to sack his shadow education secretary, Rebecca Long Bailey.

Sir Keir Starmer made the decision after Ms Long Bailey shared an article containing an “antisemitic conspiracy theory”.

Mrs Long-Bailey retweeted an interview with actor and Labour supporter Maxine Peake.

The shadow education secretary – who was beaten to the party leadership by Sir Keir – later said she had not meant to endorse all aspects of the article.

But Sir Keir said his “first priority” was tackling anti-Semitism.

Laura McAlpine, who fought and lost the General Election in 2019 retweeted a number of messages on the Momentum Renewal Twitter account.

The tweets stated: “Keir Starmer’s sacking of Rebecca Long-Bailey is a direct provocation to the left of the Party. His actions today have seriously undermined his call for unity when we have now lost another one of the few Socialist Campaign Group MPs in the Shadow Cabinet.

“We believe that Rebecca has been a voice of strength in standing up for unions during COVID.

“In stark comparison Starmer has grovelled to landlords, grovelled to business and grovelled to the government.

“And now he has used this article as an excuse to cut out Rebecca’s voice”.

However, Harlow Council leader, Mark Ingall issued a short statement telling YH :”I fully support the decision made by the Labour Party leader, Sir Keir Starmer to sack the shadow education secretary, Rebecca Long Bailey.”

The Labour leader said: “The sharing of that article was wrong… because the article contained anti-Semitic conspiracy theories and I have therefore stood Rebecca Long-Bailey down from the shadow cabinet.

“I’ve made it my first priority to tackle anti-Semitism and rebuilding trust with the Jewish community is a number one priority for me.”

A spokesman for the Labour leader added: “Anti-Semitism takes many different forms and it is important that we all are vigilant against it.”

In the article, Ms Peake discussed the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

She said: “The tactics used by the police in America, kneeling on George Floyd’s neck, that was learnt from seminars with Israeli secret services.”

The Independent article also quoted the Israeli police denying Ms Peake’s claim saying: “There is no tactic or protocol that calls to put pressure on the neck or airway.”

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5 Comments for Harlow Labour candidate at last General Election slams decision by Sir Keir Starmer to sack education secretary:

jhumphreys84
2020-06-25 18:04:17

Well done Cllr Ingall. Labour really need to distance themselves from this stain on their reputation and cannot have it constantly coming up. Regardless of whether long-bailey is left or right, it was ultimately wrong to share the article, so it really doesn’t matter and Laura needs to understand that. It’s not an attack on the left, it’s an attack on people with beliefs that are not acceptable, especially when sharing in the public domain representing a party.

apolitical2
2020-06-25 19:14:21

Laura appears to be a very intelligent person yet she is so embroiled with the left wing momentum she can’t see that she will always be unelectable in Harlow.

kthe5
2020-06-25 19:36:37

“Keir Starmer’s sacking of Rebecca Long-Bailey is a direct provocation to the left of the Party. " No it isn't. It's an indication that Keir Starmer intends to keep his word when he said that “restoring trust with the Jewish community is a number one priority". It is not a "provocation", nor is it anti-Northern MPs (as someone has suggested). It is what tackling anti-semitism looks like.

MickyB77
2020-06-26 04:59:47

L Mac ..., is, as usual, so far removed from reality along with one or two contributors to these pages. How does she always manage to agree with the extremists in the Marxist group, Momentum ? Very strange.

UKMaverick785
2020-06-29 20:42:16

In short - Out of their depth Corbynister and Momentum Luvee objects to fellow Out of their depth Corbynister and Momentum Luvee losing their job for being an idiot! Not a story or a suprise. I expect Olive from On the Buses will be reinstated by the end of the week!

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