Labor leader Sir Keir Starmer will speak to MPs concerned about the dismissal of former shadow secretary Rebecca Long-Bailey.
Ms. Long-Bailey was asked to withdraw on Thursday after retweeting an article which, according to Sir Keir, contained an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory.
She then stated that she did not intend to approve all aspects of the article.
Jewish groups and some MPs welcomed the move, but his left-wing allies said it was an overreaction.
The argument started when the MP for Salford and Eccles tweeted “Maxine Peake is an absolute diamond” with a link to an interview with the actor and supporter of Labor on the independent website.
In the article, Ms. Peake referred to the police murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, stating, “The tactics used by the police in America, kneeling on George Floyd’s neck, which were learned at seminars with Israeli secret service. ”
The independent article quotes Israeli police as denying Ms. Peake’s claim. She later admitted it was “inaccurate”, adding that she found racism and anti-Semitism “heinous”.
Three hours after Ms. Long Bailey’s retweet, a Labor spokesperson confirmed that Sir Keir had asked him to step down, saying that “it was clear that rebuilding trust with the Jewish community was a number one priority” .
The Labor Party has faced allegations of anti-Semitism since 2016.
It has become a constant backdrop for the term of former Labor Party leader Jeremy Corbyn and Sir Keir was his successor on a platform of harshness against anti-Semitism within the party.
The Jewish workers’ movement – which has called for a crackdown on anti-Semitism in the labor ranks – welcomed the Labor leader’s decision to sack Ms. Long-Bailey, while the British Jewish MP’s council thanked him for its “quick action”.
However, John McDonnell, who was a fictional chancellor under Mr. Corbyn, criticized the decision, stating, “Throughout the discussion of anti-Semitism, it has always been said that criticism of the practices of the Israeli state does not was not anti-Semitic.
“So I don’t think this article is where Rebecca Long-Bailey should have been dismissed. I stand in solidarity with her. ”
Supporting her too, Unite secretary general Len McCluskey, whose union supported Ms. Long-Bailey when she ran against Sir Keir to become the leader of the Labor party, said her dismissal was “an unnecessary excessive reaction to a line entrusted ”.
“The unit is too important to be risky like that,” he said.
A reopening of divisions?
In becoming a leader, Sir Keir said that he wanted to bring unity to the party where faction fighting had previously taken place.
His decision could reopen the divisions, a former shadow minister to the left of the party telling me it was “a dangerous time for the party” – the new leader “purging” those with whom he did not agree .
Other party members note that Sir Keir has done a lot in a short time to put people close to him in key positions.
Sources of leadership, however, insist that the sacking was not part of a grand plan.
They say Mrs. Long-Bailey had to leave because she repeatedly refused to remove her retweet from Maxine Peake’s article when asked.
And for Sir Keir, it is about fighting the toxic perception of anti-Semitism within the Labor Party before a potentially damning report from the Commission for Equality and Human Rights.
His allies say that he has promised actions and not words to the Jewish community and that he is acting on them.
Those who were once close to Jeremy Corbyn say that the next ghost education secretary must come from the left of the party if the leader of the Labor Party is concerned with maintaining unity.
Who is Rebecca Long-Bailey?
Ms. Long-Bailey was born in Old Trafford, Greater Manchester, in 1979 and before politics she worked in a pawn shop and call centers.
At university, she studied politics and sociology and then studied law through part-time courses.
She joined the Labor Party in 2010 and was selected as a Labor candidate for Salford and Eccles in the 2015 elections.
She was one of 36 Labor MPs to appoint Corbyn to the party leadership in 2015 and then joined his shadow cabinet.
When he retired, she ran to replace him, saying that the party needed a “socialist leader who can work with our movement, rebuild our communities and fight for the policies we believe in.”
After Sir Keir won the competition in April, she joined her best team as secretary of ghost education.
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