‘If Keir doesn’t sack him, he can’t claim any moral high ground against Sunak over Williamson’, says one senior Labour insider
Shadow Health Secretary Wes Streeting is under heavy criticism – and his boss Keir Starmer faces demands to sack him – after he admitted using a ‘jest’ about senility on the front bench.
Caught on video claiming that Corbyn had ‘gone senile’ because he wasn’t fast enough with a Commons comment for Streeting’s liking, Streeting issued a tweet claiming the comment was ‘in jest, but I accept in poor taste’:
The excuse didn’t wash with Streeting’s many critics. One Labour insider, referring to former Tory front-bencher Gavin Williamson’s alleged mental health bullying, told Skwawkbox:
If Keir doesn’t sack him, he can’t claim any moral high ground against Sunak over Williamson.
All the Tories now need to do is throw this in Keir Starmer’s face when he tries to attack their lack of integrity.
In fact Starmer never had any high ground, having appointed Streeting to his front bench after the Ilford North MP was seen by multiple witnesses launching a ‘disgusting’ and ‘disgraceful’ verbal assault at Black MP Diane Abbott in 2018 that left the veteran left-winger ‘shell-shocked’.
Hundreds of social media users responded with disgust to Streeting’s mental health insult when his Health brief means he should be defending and advocating for those with dementia and other cognitive problems:
Others pointed out that Streeting’s equivocal apology to Corbyn did nothing to right the contempt he had poured on many thousands of dementia victims and their loved ones:
Wes Streeting was approached for comment. Keir Starmer has also been asked why he hasn’t yet acted over Streeting’s mental health bullying just minutes after Starmer was attacking Sunak for not sacking Gavin Williamson.
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