Labor Party Vice President Angela Rayner has been fired as party leader, according to several media reports. Rayner’s firing comes after leader Keir Starmer said he would take “full responsibility” for Labour’s poor performance.
According to numerous reports in the British media, Rayner was fired on Saturday. While the census is still ongoing, Labor has lost more than 200 council seats in local elections across the country and a parliamentary seat in Hartlepool – which had been held by Labor since 1974.
Rayner reportedly remains the party’s deputy leader, who is an elected position.
Labor leader Keir Starmer has been hammered for his party’s actions, especially when it came two years after Labor’s worst parliamentary election since 1935. Starmer tried to move the party to the center after Jeremy Corbyn’s left-wing leadership but has so far failed to deliver the goods.
Starmer said on Friday that he was “Bitterly disposed,” and promised to take “Full responsibility for the results.” However, commentators online wondered where firing Rayner fit into this promise.
Sir Keir yesterday: I take full responsibility. Sir Keir today: It was Angela Rayner’s fault.
– Tom Harwood (@tomhfh) May 8, 2021
Angela Rayner is one of the Labor Party’s most authentic communicators and with a northern accent. Not quite clear tonight how her firing helps win the Red Wall back.
– Paul Brand (@PaulBrandITV) May 8, 2021
With Angela Rayner and Keir Starmer, reminiscent of Gordon Brown’s quote about Damian McBride: “I take full responsibility for what went on. Therefore, the person in charge left immediately. ”
– Sebastian Payne (@SebastianEPayne) May 8, 2021
A source from the Labor Party denied that Starmer got rid of the responsibility. “Keir said he took full responsibility for the outcome of the election – and he said we need to change,” told the source several businesses. “It means changing how we run our campaigns in the future. Angela will continue to play a senior role in Keir’s team. ”
Birmingham MP Khalid Mahmood offered an alternative explanation for Labor’s scrubbing of the ballot. “Labor has lost touch with ordinary British people,” Mahmood wrote Policy exchange on Friday.
“A London-based bourgeoisie with the support of brigades of awakened warriors on social media has effectively preserved the party,” he complained, adding “The highest voices in the labor movement … have focused more on pulling Churchill’s statue down than they have on helping people pull themselves up in the world.”
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