MP, who was at Hillsborough as a youngster, says no one who writes for Murdoch should be leading anything in the labour movement
Liverpool West Derby MP Ian Byrne, who was at Hillsborough as a youngster, has spoken out against the decision of Labour’s notional leader Keir Starmer to write for the S*n.
Byrne holds one the most Labour-voting seat in the UK and served as a councillor in the Walton area where both the city’s great football clubs have their grounds. His statement is full of dignity but his absolute and justified fury cannot be disguised – and he says, in as many words, that Starmer is not fit to be Labour leader, nor should anyone who writes for the Murdoch rag hold any position in the whole labour movement:
Today the families & survivors of Hillsborough, the people of my city, supporters of our great club & the millions of others smeared by the rag will feel profoundly betrayed by the leader of the party I was elected to represent.
I have put on record my views, that if any leader of any of the components of our great Labour and Trade Union movement write in the rag, they are not fit to be in that position.
I stand fully behind that position today.
Starmer has been sidling constantly closer to Murdoch and his not-fit-for-toilet paper ever since he became leader, despite telling Liverpool Labour members during the party’s leadership campaign that he would not give interviews to it ‘during this campaign’.
And he claimed he was fully aware of the hurt and damage it has caused:
But after promoting MPs who have written for the rag, Starmer then allowed it a place at last week’s Labour conference in Brighton – despite the conference arrangements chair admitting the party would never get away with it in Liverpool – and now he has written directly for it.
Byrne, who as well as serving as a councillor and MP is also a founder of the brilliant Fans Supporting Foodbanks and architect of the growing ‘Right to Food’ movement to make food a human right, is as well connected as any MP to the working-class roots that so-called centrists have betrayed.
If he says Starmer is unfit, then that view will be shared by hundreds of thousands in Liverpool – and many more in the numerous communities ‘the Scum’ has lied about, abused and spat on for decades.
Byrne stands ‘full square’ behind his assessment this morning. Skwawkbox stands full square with him and all the people abused by Murdoch’s foul publication or horrified by a so-called ‘Labour leader’ creeping to it.
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