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Labour leader sacks education spokeswoman on “anti Semitic” controversy

Friday, June 26th 2020 - 08:27 UTC
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Starmer, who won election as the party's leader earlier this year, said education policy spokeswoman Rebecca Long-Bailey had been wrong to share the article. Starmer, who won election as the party's leader earlier this year, said education policy spokeswoman Rebecca Long-Bailey had been wrong to share the article.

The new leader of Britain's main opposition Labour Party, Keir Starmer, sacked his education spokeswoman Rebecca Long-Bailey on Thursday after she shared an article online which included a reference to what he called an “anti-Semitic conspiracy theory”.

Starmer, who won election as the party's leader earlier this year, said education policy spokeswoman Rebecca Long-Bailey had been wrong to share the article.

The 57 year-old barrister has pledged to stamp out anti-Semitism in Labour after his predecessor, Jeremy Corbyn, a veteran campaigner for Palestinian rights, was repeatedly criticized for failing to do so.

“The sharing of that article was wrong because the article contained anti-Semitic conspiracy theories,” he said. “I've made it my first priority to tackle anti-Semitism and rebuilding trust from the Jewish community is a number one priority for me.”

Long-Bailey, a Corbyn ally who came second to Starmer in the leadership race, said by sharing the article on Twitter, she was not endorsing “every part of the article” and that she had issued a clarification, which had been agreed with the party, after being made aware of people's concerns.

“I had asked to discuss these matters with Keir before agreeing what further action to take, but sadly he had already made his decision,” she said, adding she would continue to support the party in parliament under Starmer's leadership

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