Keir Starmer tells picket line strikers ‘I’ll stand with you’ in unearthed video, earlier than banning his personal MPs from doing simply that
- Keir Starmer has been clamping down in shadow ministers becoming a member of picket traces
- But a video emerged of him standing with college strikers again in 2020
- Welsh Secretary Robert Buckland hit out at Labour ‘flip-flopping and divisions’
Sir Keir Starmer has tried to point out that Labour is a celebration of presidency by clamping down on dissenting shadow ministers who be part of picket traces.
But final night time he was accused of hypocrisy after a video emerged of him not solely standing shoulder to shoulder with strikers, however vowing to proceed to take action as celebration chief.
Last week, he sacked transport spokesman Sam Tarry MP, the accomplice of deputy chief Angela Rayner, for giving interviews on rail union picket traces.
Keir Starmer was accused of hypocrisy after a video emerged of him not solely standing shoulder to shoulder with strikers, however vowing to proceed to take action as celebration chief
‘It’s actually vital you get politicians to return out and help you and stand with you on this,’ Sir Keir Starmer advised University and College Union activists on a picket line outdoors University College London in February 2020
Last week, Sir Keir sacked transport spokesman Sam Tarry MP (pictured), for giving interviews on rail union picket traces
Defending the sacking, he declared: ‘The Labour Party in opposition must be the Labour Party in energy, and a authorities would not go on picket traces.’
Yet in February 2020 it seems he was singing a really completely different tune. In a video posted on Twitter yesterday, Sir Keir was captured with University and College Union activists on a picket line outdoors University College London.
He advised strikers who have been taking motion over pay, equality and workloads: ‘It’s actually vital you get politicians to return out and help you and stand with you on this.
‘So I’m very proud to be with you and help you thru this marketing campaign, each because the native MP for right here, but in addition within the shadow cupboard, and working as chief of the Labour Party.
‘Because my management, if I win it, will likely be standing with you and different campaigns such as you so we are able to win points like this which can be so vital.’
Appearing to make his help for strike motion crystal clear, Sir Keir added: ‘It’s actually good to see workers and college students standing collectively. This is a really, very massive and vital dispute.
‘I’ve simply been together with your colleagues at SOAS [the School of Oriental and African Studies] who’ve obtained a picket line, and earlier than Christmas throughout University College there have been picket traces all the way in which round.
‘This is one more instance of their “Do as I say, not as I do” method,’ stated Welsh Secretary Robert Buckland (pictured)
‘And I used to be up in Leeds the opposite day together with your colleagues up there. This is a really, very sturdy motion.’
Responding to the revelation of Sir Keir’s altering attitudes, Secretary of State for Wales Sir Robert Buckland stated final night time: ‘The summer time warmth is effectively and actually on Labour as their flip-flopping and divisions turn into day by day extra obvious.
‘This is one more instance of their “Do as I say, not as I do” method.’
Left-wing activist Aaron Bastani, who shared the video, added: ‘Middle-class liberals like him, they appear to have no actual subject along with his mendacity. But that is loopy.’
Sir Keir has come beneath stress from his personal shadow ministers to change his edict banning them from becoming a member of picket traces.
‘Middle-class liberals like him, they appear to have no actual subject along with his mendacity. But that is loopy,’ left-wing activist Aaron Bastani tweeted
Lisa Nandy, the shadow levelling-up spokesman, was pictured on Monday with placing BT staff in Wigan.
Unlike Mr Tarry, no motion was taken in opposition to her, together with her allies saying she had obtained clearance from Labour HQ to attend.
Members of the shadow cupboard urged Sir Keir to alter his edict this week to allow them to present their solidarity for strikers, so long as they don’t wave any placards.