‘Pathetic loudmouth!’ Angela Rayner hit by ferocious backlash over Hartlepool rant

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The party’s deputy leader, who headed up its disastrous campaign for last Thursday’s elections, blamed anti-immigrant voters for Labour’s failings. Instead of accepting responsibility and looking to rebuild her party, she blasted voters for exercising their democratic right to choose Boris Johnson’s Tory party in the constituency.

She said anti-immigrant voters in Hartlepool voted for the Tories and “we need to deal with that”.

The comments outraged many readers, who said her comments simply highlighted how out-of-touch Labour is.

One said: “Pathetic loudmouth who is utterly without class or substance.

“Labour are a London centric party of idiots who now have the arrogance (stupidity) to blame their loss on the people they have abandoned.”

Another wrote: “Sorry Angela the votes were not anti-immigration they were anti-Labour votes and the fact you do not get it Angela is why Labour are going nowhere.”

And a third raged: “If that’s her/Starmer’s forensic view then it’s arrogant, wrong and pathetic.

“Their ignorance is an insult to the people and voters of Hartlepool.”

And a fourth joked: “So Rayner’s new big role is to alienate even more voters.

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“Is it a trap?”

The news emerged after Ms Rayner was sacked by Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer as party chairman and campaign coordinator following the disastrous results.

This sparked an outcry from many politicians inside the party, who claimed that Sir Keir was trying to “scapegoat” her for his failings.

Just days later she was appointed to the role of shadowing cabinet minister Michael Gove in his role as Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster.

And, in an article for the Guardian today, she vowed to reconnect her party with its traditional working class routes.

She wrote: “For too long we have been distant from the people we are here to represent.

“I know this is the case because it’s my mates that I grew up with and who are working minimum wage jobs that we need to speak to and speak for again.

“For too long we have given off an air of talking down to people and telling people what they need or even what they should want or what they should think.”

But her previous outburst is unlikely to endear her to these voters – many of whom think she represents an out-of-touch liberal elite.

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