Keir Starmer, the Leader of the Labour Party, has sacked Rebecca Long-Bailey from her position as Shadow Education Secretary in the Shadow Cabinet. Long-Bailey shared an anti-semitic post which claimed that the controversial US police method of putting a knee on someone’s neck was from the Israelis.
A spokesperson for the Labour leader 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.”
A spokesperson for the Board of Deputies of British Jews said in a statement:
“I would like to thank Keir Starmer for backing his words with actions on antisemitism. After Rebecca Long-Bailey shared a conspiracy theory, we and others gave her the opportunity to retract and apologise. To our surprise and dismay, her response was pathetic. Her position as Shadow Education Secretary was therefore untenable. There can be no space for this sort of action in any party and it is right that after so many challenging years Labour is now making this clear under its new leader.”
Rebecca Long-Bailey posted on Twitter:
“Today I retweeted an interview that my constituent and stalwart Labour Party supporter Maxine Peake gave to the Independent. Its main thrust was anger with the Conservative Government’s handling of the current emergency and a call for Labour Party unity.”