Doctor MP quits post as Shadow Cabinet Minister for Mental Health citing Starmer’s decision to discontinue mental health portfolio
Labour MP Rosena Allin-Khan has resigned from Keir Starmer’s front bench, citing Starmer’s display of contempt for those suffering mental health in his decision not to even have a mental health portfolio in a Labour government.
In a letter otherwise full of the usual political camouflage, Allin-Khan states:
As discussed previously, and in our call earlier, you made clear that you do not see a space for a mental health portfolio in a Labour Cabinet, which is why I told you many weeks ago that I would not be able to continue in this role.
This is by no means Starmer’s first display of disregard for those suffering mental health and ability issues. He retained right-winger Wes Streeting as Shadow Health Secretary even after Streeting caused widespread disgust by making a ‘joke’ about dementia from the Commons front bench.
Now Starmer is confirming his lack of concern, adding mental health to child poverty and hunger as issues he is uninterested in doing anything about – but the ‘mainstream’ media is unlikely to highlight the root cause of Allin-Khan’s departure.
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