Angela Rayner 'facing backlash' over Labour losses says expert
Angela Rayner has reportedly been sacked as Labour Party chair
Labour lost the Hartlepool by-election to the Conservatives along with a large number of council seats.
Patrick Maguire, a reporter for The Times, said a Labour party source had confirmed Ms Rayner has been removed.
Ms Rayner remains in position as Labour Party deputy leader.
However her removal as chair is reportedly already causing anger within the party.
Jessica Elgot, The Guardian’s deputy political editor, tweeted: “Labour MPs pretty godsmacked at apparent move to pin blame for elections at Angela Rayner – astonishment across the board from left to right.
“Aside from anything else the women’s PLP [Parliamentary Labour Party] will go bats**t.”
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