CORBYNISTA Shadow education secretary Rebecca Long-Bailey has been sacked from the Labour front-bench for sharing an anti-semitic conspiracy theory on Twitter.
Sir Keir Starmer announced this afternoon Ms Long-Bailey had been asked to step down from the shadow cabinet after sharing an article which claimed the tactic used by US police to kill George Floyd was “taught by the Israeli army”.
A spokesperson for Keir Starmer said: “This afternoon Keir Starmer asked Rebecca Long-Bailey to step down from the Shadow Cabinet.
“The article Rebecca shared earlier today contained an antisemitic conspiracy theory.
“As Leader of the Labour Party, Keir has been clear that restoring trust with the Jewish community is a number one priority. Antisemitism takes many different forms and it is important that we all are vigilant against it.”
Ms Long-Bailey had shared an article quoting actress Maxine Peake claiming the tactic of kneeling on someone’s neck – which killed George Floyd was taught by Israeili secret services.
Ms Peake said in the article: “The tactics used by the police in America, kneeling on George Floyd’s neck, that was learnt from seminars with Israeli secret services.”
The article, published in The Independent added: “A spokesperson for the Israeli police has denied this, stating that ‘there is no tactic or protocol that calls to put pressure on the neck or airway’.”
Ms Long-Bailey – who came in second place to Sir Keir in a failed bid for the Labour leadership earlier this year – said Ms Peake “is an absolute diamond”.
The sacked front-bench MP for Salford and Eccles was forced to clarify her comments, saying “I retweeted Maxine Peake’s article because of her significant achievements and because the thrust of her argument is to stay in the Labour Party.
“It wasn’t intended to be an endorsement of all aspects of the article.”
In a decisive win against the growing hard-left faction of the Labour party, Sir Keir won the leadership race on April 4, taking over from Ms Long-Bailey’s ally Jeremy Corbyn.
Ms Long-Bailey finished up with only 27.6 per cent of the vote.