Labour Party leader Sir Keir Starmer today asked Labour MP Rebecca Long-Bailey to step down from her role as Shadow Education Secretary over an anti-Semitic conspiracy article. This comes only hours after Sir Keir claimed he planned to unite the party and take it forward together. During a My Life My Say conference call last night, Sir Keir said: “I strongly felt after the election, that we the Labour Party lost in December, I felt we needed to unite our party.
“I could just see that the Labour Party…was taking lumps out of each other, was divided and we had just lost an election badly.
“We needed to pull together, what I think could be an unstoppable political force if we stop fighting each other.
“I wanted to run to be Labour leader to try to bring the party together and draw on all that energy.
“It doesn’t mean everybody agreeing but it does mean that we have got to be respectful about the way we debate things and go forward.
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“That is what I was saying in my leadership campaign.
“In the end, the question wasn’t whether I thought I was the right person to lead the Labour Party it was whether our members did.”
Mr Starmer then went on to praise both Lisa Nandy and Rebecca Long-Bailey for being valiant opposition in the leadership race.
After his win of the Labour leadership election, Sir Keir appointed both opponents a position in his Shadow Cabinet.
He continued: “We had to go out and fight for those votes for three months.
“I was lucky because Rebecca Long-Bailey and Lisa Nandy were really good.
“Throughout the campaign, we didn’t take lumps out of each other and I’m really pleased that I have got Becky and Lisa in my Shadow Cabinet.
“In a way, the three of us went to our members and said choose between us, but luckily at the end of it I was able to say to Becky and Lisa will you be part of the top team.”
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Sir Keir concluded that there was significant work to be done within the Labour Party following their landslide defeat to the Tory Party.
He closed by saying: “Now they are and obviously we still have a huge amount to do.
“You don’t lose an election that badly without recognising you have got a mountain to climb.
“Well, we are all working together now and that is good, it is early days.”
The Express was passed this information obtained in the form of a leaked video by the political website, Wolves of Westminster.