Nandy’s team denies she sought permission to attend picket line – Starmer’s excuse for not taking action against her while disciplining Mishra and Hussain
Keir Starmer has chickened out of disciplining Lisa Nandy for ignoring his ban on attending picket lines – but has instead targeted a Muslim MP and a supporter of Muslims against the Labour right’s entrenched Islamophobia, as his hold on the party continues its self-inflicted collapse.
Starmer’s office claimed Nandy was let off the hook because she ‘sought permission’ to attend the rail workers’ picket, but the claim has been flatly denied by Nandy’s team. Instead, Nandy is considered too prominent for Starmer to take on.
But Muslim front-bencher Imran Hussein and whip Nav Mishra have been targeted for discipline. Mishra is not a Muslim, but spoke out against Labour’s blatantly Islamophobic campaign in the Batley and Spen by-election, accusing the party of operating a hierarchy of racism – a fact now confirmed by the Forde Report.
Islamophobia – and Starmer’s spinelessness – infects the very fabric of the Labour right and the regime it operates in the Labour party.
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