Labour’s deputy leader Angela Rayner has been sacked as the party’s chair and national campaign co-ordinator by Keir Starmer in the wake of this week’s disastrous election results.
The move is the first step in an expected wide-ranging shake-up of Labour’s top team being undertaken by Starmer after he promised changes in response to the “super Thursday” bloodbath.
Ms Rayner had come under criticism from some MPs for her stewardship of the campaign in the largest round of ballots outside a general election for many years.
But Starmer was accused of “scapegoating” by some of her supporters, who blamed Labour’s loss of Hartlepool on his failure to offer voters a compelling vision.
Momentum co-chair Gaya Sriskanthan told the LabourList website: “Angela Rayner’s sacking is blatant scapegoating. Channel 4’s polling shows that the main reason for the catastrophic defeat in Hartlepool is Keir’s leadership.
“It is his failed strategy that has brought us to this point, and he said he would take responsibility. Yet again he has gone back on his word.”
Left-wing commentator Owen Jones commented: “Keir Starmer and his team are trying to scapegoat Angela Rayner for Labour’s disaster.
“Trying to pin the blame on a working class women for their lack of vision or strategy, their lack of answers to the country’s problems. The absolute pits.”
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