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Rebecca Long Bailey sacked by Keir Starmer

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Urmstongran Thu 25-Jun-20 15:18:14

Apparently she shared an anti-Semitic conspiracy article on line.

GrannyGravy13 Thu 25-Jun-20 15:21:31

It has something to do with the actress Maxine Peake who posted that the police officer who murdered George Floyd had learnt his techniques from the Israeli Special Services

trisher Thu 25-Jun-20 15:30:31

So now being anti-Israeli is being judged the same as being anti-semitic. It is a sad day for free speech and there will be many who really don't like this judgemental attitude. It is of course something the Israeli state and its supporters have been trying to get enforced for a long time.

Pantglas2 Thu 25-Jun-20 15:32:30

Sir Keir was never going to tolerate something like this.

Callistemon Thu 25-Jun-20 15:34:19

Maxine Peake, a one-time signed-up communist, known for her own extremist anti-capitalist views but she's worth a million!

Who can take people like that seriously?

Whitewavemark2 Thu 25-Jun-20 15:35:01

“Anti-semitism takes many forms” just as does any form or racism.

Anniebach Thu 25-Jun-20 15:35:58

trisher with respect you are not the person to lecture on free
speech when you work against it.

Urmstongran Thu 25-Jun-20 15:36:43

Regardless of the circumstances, I'm pleased to see another Corbynite go. One more step on the road to electability?

Whitewavemark2 Thu 25-Jun-20 15:37:05

Starmer is a leader who does not shy away from tough decisions.

Whitewavemark2 Thu 25-Jun-20 15:40:04

Starmer - sure, quick and decisive.

Over to you Johnson😄😄

Urmstongran Thu 25-Jun-20 15:46:23

Rebecca Long Bailey is a prize idiot. She should have been focusing on keeping the heat up on Boris and Co. not sounding off on Twitter.

It's not as if Labour hasn't had enough problems with antisemitism. She should have had the wit to steer well clear of this.

trisher Thu 25-Jun-20 15:46:37

Perhaps someone should tell all the Jews who don't think being anti-Israel is anti-semitic they are wrong

Galaxy Thu 25-Jun-20 15:54:59

It was an absolutely idiotic thing to do which she realised fairly quickly when she started frantically backtracking. He's drawing a line in the sand, it's a very clear message.

Urmstongran Thu 25-Jun-20 15:56:58

Was it AS ? it's not

But it flirts with it, and given RLB's connections to Corbyn and Labour's image of AS, it was breathtakingly stupid.

Starmer had to get rid of RLB

If it makes you feel better, Starmer sacked her for being stupid, not for being Anti-semitic.

GrannyGravy13 Thu 25-Jun-20 15:59:27

She has lost her position in the Shadow Cabinet but still an MP.

MerylStreep Thu 25-Jun-20 16:02:29

If, ( and it's a big if) the Neanderthal who killed George Floyd had been trained by that elite organisation he could have killed him where he was without anyone noticing.

lemongrove Thu 25-Jun-20 16:06:58

Wow! Who would have thought just a matter of months ago, that not only would RLB not have made it to LOTO ( Corbyn and McD ‘s preferred candidate) but that she would be out of the Shadow Cabinet altogether, sacked!
Starmer has taken a firm line on anti-Semitic tweets/articles etc ( which he needed to do)...good for him.😃

Whitewavemark2 Thu 25-Jun-20 16:08:51

No one will be allowed to bring the Labour Party into disrepute. RLB, should have taken the offending tweet down when requested by Starmer. She refused.

tickingbird Thu 25-Jun-20 16:12:26

It is a sad day for free speech and there will be many who really don't like this judgemental attitude.

Oh Trisher

Rosalyn69 Thu 25-Jun-20 16:13:26

I admire his prompt action.

vegansrock Thu 25-Jun-20 16:14:52


Urmstongran Thu 25-Jun-20 16:16:39

Didn’t know that WWmk2 - fancy RLB refusing to take the tweet down voluntarily! Fool.

Grany Thu 25-Jun-20 16:17:20

Urmstongran Thu 25-Jun-20 16:19:46

It says just now on SKY news that KS ‘has asked RLB to step down from the Shadow Cabinet. …. Not quite the same as being sacked then?

Barmeyoldbat Thu 25-Jun-20 16:20:45

I get confused (old age) maybe someone could help me with this. Can I be anti Israel State and government but not be judged anti semitic. I hate how the government are treating their neighbours but I have nothing against the people themselves.