Blairite replacement shows Long-Bailey sacking was about school return, as SKWAWKBOX revealed
Keir Starmer has appointed Kate Green as his new Shadow Education Secretary to replace Rebecca Long-Bailey. Green is a Blairite MP who was a banker for a decade and a half, resigned as part of the infamous 2016 ‘chicken coup’ – and chaired Owen Smith’s failed leadership challenge that followed. A senior Labour source told the SKWAWKBOX:
She’ll come after the unions.
The National Education Union, Unite and others have all resisted Boris Johnson’s haste – which Starmer has supported – to rush teachers and pupils back into classrooms while the level of virus in the UK is still substantial.
As the SKWAWKBOX revealed exclusively this week, Long-Bailey was sacked after a row over her support for the union position – a position which Starmer and his proxies had continually undermined, in spite of the doubling of schools outbreaks over the space of barely a week.
Rather than have the spine to sack her openly for her position, Starmer exploited the excuse of a simple tweet of an article by a pro-Labour actor, in the process smearing Long-Bailey with an unjustified taint of antisemitism.
Now he has cleared the decks ready to go to war on the unions on Boris Johnson’s behalf.
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