Nita Clarke supported formation of ‘Tinge’ party, called Corbyn unfit to govern and was part of press for remain that destroyed Labour in GE19. But Starmer appears to have now cancelled her appointment to fix ‘culture’ of Labour Party
Labour sources say that Keir Starmer has now ‘cancelled’ the appointment of Nita Clarke to ‘look at the culture’ of the party.
A letter from Labour general secretary David Evans had confirmed the ‘immediate’ appointment of Clarke to fix the party’s culture and ‘tackle’ its issues:
But party sources say that Starmer has now reversed the appointment after complaints from senior party figures. Ms Clarke’s social media history includes comments supportive of the rival (now defunct) ‘TIG/CUK’ party (or ‘Tinge’ to many after a racist comment by one of its defectors just after its formation). Labour’s rules forbid support for electoral rivals.
Clarke had gone further, tweeting that that it would be ‘morally bankrupt’ to back Jeremy Corbyn and, according to the Times, imploring author JK Rowling to set up a new party and attacking Labour for ‘deliberately’ preventing Luciana Berger – standing for the LibDems – from winning a seat in the 2019 general election.
The impartiality of the former Blair aide was also in doubt given her public comment about the need for ‘root and branch reconstruction’ to purge the party of the ‘immense damage’ of Jeremy Corbyn:
Ms Clarke also, when Israeli snipers killed large numbers of people during Palestinian ‘Nakba’ protests, repeatedly intervened in social media threads asking people to blame Hamas:
It seems that Starmer has now bowed to pressure and u-turned on the appointment, but many Labour members will take a dim view of the fact that, after running for the leadership on a unity pledge, he had been about to put in place someone with Nita Clarke’s views.
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