Rebecca Long-Bailey sacked: Why has Keir Starmer asked Long-Bailey to step down?

Rebecca Long-Bailey sacked: Why has Keir Starmer asked Long-Bailey to step down?

Labour Party leader Sir Keir Starmer has asked Rebecca Long-Bailey to step down from the shadow cabinet. Ms Long-Bailey had served as Shadow Secretary of State for Education since April 6, 2020.

Why has Keir Starmer asked Long-Bailey to step down?

Ms Long-Bailey was asked to step down after sharing an article containing an anti-semitic conspiracy theory, the party has said.

A spokesman for Sir Keir said: “This afternoon Keir Starmer asked Rebecca Long-Bailey to step down from the Shadow Cabinet.

“The article Rebecca shared earlier today contained an antisemitic conspiracy theory.

“As leader of the Labour Party, Keir has been clear that restoring trust with the Jewish community is a number one priority.

“Antisemitism takes many different forms and it is important that we all are vigilant against it.”

Ms Long-Bailey shared an article from Labour-supporting actor Maxine Peake.

In the newspaper interview, Ms Peaky claimed Israel had trained US police to use controversial tactics similar to the ones which led to the death of the black man George Floyd last month.

Ms Long-Bailey has also served as Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury from 2016 to 2017, deputising for Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell.

She then served as Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy in Jeremy Corbyn’s Shadow Cabinet from 2017 to 2020.

Ms Long-Bailey was one of 36 Labour MPs to nominate Mr Corbyn as a candidate in the 2015 Labour leadership election.

She was a candidate in the 2020 Labour Party leadership election, finishing second to current Labour leader Keir Starmer.

Published at Thu, 25 Jun 2020 14:14:00 +0000