Unions rally round Rebecca Long-Bailey
Unions have rallied round sacked shadow education minister Rebecca Long-Bailey.
The Salford and Eccles MP was yesterday fired by Keir Starmer after she shared an interview in the Independent with actor Maxine Peake which the Labour leader said contained an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory.
Unite general secretary Len McCluskey tweeted: “”Sacking @RLong_Bailey is an unnecessary over-reaction to a confected row. Unity is too important to be risked like this.”
Unite assistant general secretary Steve Turner tweeted: “I know @RLong_Bailey she’s a friend and comrade, proud to serve our party and her community … advocate of the #GND, defender of our industrial base and the education of our kids .. she’s NOT anti Semitic! Sacking her is wrong and undermines unity in our Party.”
Unite assistant general secretary for politics & legal Howard Beckett tweeted: “Rebecca Long Bailey: -Worked tirelessly & loyally during the Chicken Coup -She agreed to be in Keir’s team for unity -She got it right on Covid in schools -She is an anti racist campaigner and trade unionist -RLB deserves our solidarity now -Time for Left unity Stay & organise.”
CWU general secretary Dave Ward tweeted: “Shoddy sacking of Rebecca Long-Bailey is misjudged and simply not justified. Another nail in the coffin of Labour’s working class credentials and Keir Starmer’s promise of unity.”
FBU general secretary Matt Wrack said: “I’ll be on @BBCNewsnight later talking about the unjust dismissal of @RLong. _Bailey It’s an attack on the left, on r&f party members and union affiliates. Let’s the Tories and #Jenrick completely off the hook.”
BFAWU president Ian Hodson tweeted: “The move by @Keir_Starmer on the day the extreme right wing of the party launch is to force you out so they can win the NEC election. Let’s make sure that doesn’t happen.”
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