Usual language of resignation letters doesn’t quite disguise real issue
Weaver Vale Labour MP Mike Amesbury stepped down yesterday from Keir Starmer’s front bench – and both Labour sources and a close reading of his resignation letter show that his resignation was driven by Starmer’s ban on front-benchers participating in picket lines in support of striking workers.
Amid the usual padding about electoral success and best wishes, Amesbury’s resignation letter pointedly tells Starmer:
As inflation bites, I will stand shoulder to shoulder with all whose only ask is a fair deal for them and their families. I intend to provide this support and voice from the back benches.(Emphasis added)
Amesbury has not yet responded to a request for comment, but Labour sources told Skwawkbox the issue was indeed Starmer’s foolish instruction not to show solidarity with workers fighting resolutely for their jobs, pay and families and against Tory and corporate exploitation. Starmer has failed to discipline MPs who ignored him, but Amesbury has stepped down to stand with the workers.
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