Labour leader sacks former leadership rival over claims of antisemitism – BBC News

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The Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has sacked his former rival for the labour leadership, Rebecca Long Bailey, for sharing an article which contained what Keir Starmer claimed contained “anti-semitic’ conspiracy theories”.

The Shadow Education Secretary had retweeted an interview with actor and Labour supporter Maxine Peake in which she said that “the tactics used by the police in America, kneeling on George Floyd’s neck, that was learnt from seminars with Israeli secret services”.

Rebecca Long-Bailey was asked to delete the tweet but chose not to, although she later said she did not endorse all aspects of the article.

Some senior figures in the party defended her, with the former shadow chancellor John McDonnell saying that criticism of Israel was legitimate and the article was not antisemitic.

Sophie Raworth presents BBC News at Ten reporting from Political Editor Laura Kuenssberg.

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