Mail on Sunday’s article records Keir Starmer’s ‘incandescent’ fury at deputy’s ‘botched’ meddling
Skwawkbox exclusives revealing interference in the Liverpool mayoral candidate selection by a group of north-west Labour ‘fixers’ linked to Angela Rayner have been corroborated by a new article appearing in the Daily Mail.
In February, Skwawkbox revealed that a group often called the ‘north-west mafia’, working with a prominent MP with leadership ambitions had been instrumental in the scandal – and in March, the links between the group and Labour deputy leader Angela Rayner were laid out.
And now last weekend’s Mail on Sunday has reported Keir Starmer’s and his advisers’ ‘incandescent’ rage at his deputy’s ‘botched’ interference in the mayoral selection:
Mayoral candidate Anna Rothery – who had no links at all to alleged corruption within the council – was removed from Labour’s selection shortlist without explanation, along with two other women councillors, after she called for the reinstatement of Jeremy Corbyn to the Labour whip and stunned the party hierarchy with her strong selection campaign.
Labour subsequently claimed that she was dropped because she ‘politically damaged’ the party – by pointing out during a video hustings that she was not linked to the alleged corruption and wanted to make sure that the council was run cleanly.
Rothery was then replaced as candidate by the twice-bankrupted Joanne Anderson, who is close to MPs in the city with links with Ms Rayner and the ‘fixers’. Anderson was subsequently elected last week, though only in the second round as anger at the scandal appeared to drive many voters to independent candidate Stephen Yip.
Keir Starmer sacked Rayner last week in an apparent attempt to scapegoat her for last week’s appalling election results – but then u-turned to move her to a different front bench position because of the backlash in reaction to his decision, in what wags referred to as him abstaining on his own decision to sack her and an example of ‘peak forensic centrism’.
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