SKWAWKBOX revealed exclusively at the time that real reason was furious row over schools return. Now Starmer’s admission of ‘private and in confidence’ promise of support looks glaring
In June, when Keir Starmer sacked then-Shadow Education Secretary Rebecca Long-Bailey, the official pretext for her removal was her sharing of an article by actress Maxine Peake. Evidence subsequently suggested that Peake’s article had been accurate, but Starmer is not on record apologising to either woman.
But the SKWAWKBOX revealed that the real reason for the sacking was Long-Bailey’s refusal to accede to Starmer’s demand for a hasty return to school for millions of children who were at home because of the rampant coronavirus. Long-Bailey’s clear position had been to support unions in their calls.
Today, Starmer admitted during PMQs that he had sent Boris Johnson a letter – “in confidence and in private confidence” on 18 May promising Johnson his support to get children back into the classroom quickly:
Long-Bailey’s opposition to Starmer’s insistence on sending children and teachers back into the classroom unions was removed just over five weeks after his letter to Johnson.
Imagine if Jeremy Corbyn had sacked Nia Griffith after promising a political opponent support to sack Nia Griffith over NATO or Trident and the mayhem that would have ensued.
Keir Starmer’s office has been contacted for comment.
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