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The Labour leader has asked his former leadership rival to stand down as Shadow Education Secretary. The decision was made after the Salford and Eccles MP shared an article which contained an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory.
In a newspaper interview, Labour-supporting actor Maxine Peake claimed Israel had trained US police to use controversial tactics similar to the ones which led to the death of the black man George Flloyd in Minneapolis.
The interview also focused on the actor’s support for former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.
Sharing the article on Twitter, Ms Long Bailey wrote: “Maxine Peake is an absolute diamond.”
A spokesman for the Labour leader said: “This afternoon Keir Starmer asked Rebecca Long Bailey to step down from the shadow cabinet.
“The article Rebecca shared earlier today contained an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory.
“As leader of the Labour Party, Keir has been clear that restoring trust with the Jewish community is a number one priority.
“Anti-Semitism takes many different forms and it is important that we all are vigilant against it.”
Following her sacking, Ms Long-Bailey issued a lengthy apology on social media where she tried to distance herself with the comments.
Ms Long-Bailey – who was a candidate in the 2020 Labour Party leadership election and finished second to Sir Starmer – said she had discussed matters with the Labour leader before “agreeing what further action to take” but subsequently she was sacked from her position.
Despite Sir Starmer’s decisive action being praised by Jewish organisations across the country, Corbynistas flooded to social media to condemn the new Labour leader.
And a new YouGov poll found 16 percent of Labour supporters said Sir Starmer was wrong to sack her.
Around 47 percent of voters agreed to her dismissal and 41 percent said they did not know, in the poll of 3,460 British adults.
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Claims of anti-Semitism in the Labour Party were heightened after Mr Corbyn was elected the party leader back in 2015.
High-profile suspensions over alleged anti-Semitic comments included MP Naz Shah, the ex-London Mayor Ken Livingstone and MP Chris Williamson, an ally and friend of Mr Corbyn.
During the same week, Prime Minister Boris Johnson faced calls to sack Housing Minister Robert Jenrick due to involvement in a controversial big-money housing scheme.
Mr Jenrick faced calls to resign after it emerged he pushed through a billion-pound housing scheme to avoid the owner paying a community levy fee.
However No10 has insisted the matter is now closed.
Mr Jenrick backed Richard Desmond’s plans to build 1,500 flats on the site of Westferry printworks on the Isle of Dogs in east London in mid-January, overruling the objections of planning officers and the local council.
The planning inspector and local council recommended that the development should be refused, but Mr Jenrick overruled it to give the go-ahead on January 14.
His decision came one day before a community levy was introduced that would have cost Mr Desmond a cool £40million.
But in the same YouGov poll, 39 percent of people believed Mr Jenrick should resign as Housing Minister.
Only 11 percent said he should not and 50 percent said they did not know.
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