Three days since concerted assault on Young Labour and its chair, Starmer’s Twitter feed remains silent on the issue
Labour’s notional leader Keir Starmer has shown no solidarity with Young Labour or its chair, following a gross attack by a Murdoch hack on the party’s official youth section.
Oliver Kamm had written a ludicrous article for a Tory website accusing Young Labour of wanting a ‘second Holocaust’ because of its support for Palestinian freedom – and calling for Labour to shut it down. Barnard responded publicly – and decried the ‘total absense [sic] of support from the leadership’:
There were even complaints that people who had supported Barnard publicly had alleged their workplaces had been contacted with complaints in an apparent attempt to damage their employment:
Despite this, there was an outpouring of public support both for Young Labour and for Barnard personally – but not from the person who should have been front and centre in standing up for the party’s youth section and its democratically-elected chair.
Keir Starmer’s Twitter feed has not been silent. Far from it. He has found time to post at least eight tweets. But not a word of solidarity for a young woman member elected to a difficult role, nor for Labour’s thousands of young members who, with their chair, have been disgracefully maligned.
This, of course, is not surprising – Labour cancelled Young Labour’s rules-mandated conference, without any reference to the party’s supposedly ruling National Executive Committee, and then ignored attempts to arrange a conference event, until Starmer and co u-turned under pressure of widespread outrage and condemnation, claiming it had all been a misunderstanding when Barnard was told Young Labour would not be allowed to invite any guests from Palestine Solidarity and her entreaties for a schedule and guidance were ignored.
But it is no less appalling for that.
Oliver Kamm was contacted for comment on whether he had behaved as described in Barnard’s tweet, but had not responded by the time of publication.
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