And turn up in person to see if we believe you, says letter – and promise never to engage with ‘this rag’ again
Labour members and the entire ‘Labour group’ of councillors in West Lancashire have written to Keir Starmer to demand a public apology for his ‘disgusting’ decision to write a column in the S*n last weekend – and for the ‘absolute contempt’ he has shown toward the people of the region and in particular the victims, survivors and families of the ninety-seven victims unlawfully killed in the Hillsborough disaster.
The letter, signed by the executive of the local Labour party and by all the council’s Labour councillors, warns Starmer that his betrayal of his 2020 leadership campaign promise not to engage with the Murdoch rag has created a severe ‘trust issue’.
And they demand that he turn up in person to deliver his ‘instant and public apology’ at the iconic St George’s Hall in Liverpool, so they can decide whether to believe him:
The letter also shoots down any excuse that Starmer might not have understood the disgust his actions would cause in the area.
The letter is ‘cc’d’ to Starmer’s sidekick David Evans, as well as to the area’s Labour MP and both the metro and city mayors of Liverpool. City mayor Joanne Anderson and metro mayor Steve Rotheram have both been criticised for a less than full-throated condemnation of Starmer’s behaviour, while Cooper’s Twitter feed makes no mention of it at all.
Labour group leader Ian Moran said:
This is the first time I’ve ever publicly criticised Keir Starmer or any leader of my party, but this is an awful error of judgment and it’s hard to see what he thinks he’s gaining by it. The S*n has an awful record and not just against the people of this area, but Hillsborough is a matter very close to our hearts and there’s no justifying what he’s done. He needs to have a close look at his advisers who’ve presumably told him it was a good idea to turn one of Labour’s biggest strongholds against him.
Labour MP Ian Byrne has already publicly said that he considers Starmer unfit for any leadership role in the labour movement, let alone as leader of the Labour party.