Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer is set to stage a judicial reshuffle amid a row over the dismissal of the party chairman following dismal election results.
He is seen bouncing back into the movement after a backlash over the removal of MP Angela Rayner from her role as national campaign coordinator, with criticism across the party including Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham warning that it was “wrong”.
Speaking on Sky News’ Sophy Ridge on Sunday, Labor MP Ian Murray insisted Ms Rayner had not been sacked and had “made significant promotion”.
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The internal row comes after the party received a beating at the ballot box in parts of the country, losing control of a series of councils and suffering the Tories’ defeat in the Hartlepool by-election – the first time in the North constituency – Is. has turned blue since its inception almost 50 years ago.
Ms Rayner’s sacking came amid recriminations at the top of the party, with wrangling over who was to blame for the election strategy which resulted in losses in mainstream Labor hearts.
The party lost control of Durham council for the first time in a century, saw its leader impeached by the Greens in Sheffield and also witnessed heavy council seat losses in Rotherham and Sunderland at the local authority level.
Although Labor sources on Saturday night were keen to point out Ms Rayner – a former social worker from Stockport in the northwest – would continue to play an important role in Sir Keir’s squad, party figures have spoken . against the…
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This notice was published: 2021-05-09 09:29:00