‘I Don’t Want Labour and Antisemitism in Same Sentence Ever Again,’ Starmer Says

‘I Don’t Want Labour and Antisemitism in Same Sentence Ever Again,’ Starmer Says

Algemeiner Staff

UK Labour party leader Keir Starmer. Photo: Reuters / Simon Dawson.

In a television appearance on Monday, UK Labour leader Keir Starmer defended his decision last week to fire a top party official who tweeted and praised an interview with a British actress who claimed that Israel was responsible for police brutality against minorities in the US — an assertion Starmer described as an “antisemitic conspiracy theory.”

In an interview on the “Good Morning Britain” program, Starmer referred to the ousting of Shadow Education Secretary Rebecca Long-Bailey, saying, “I don’t want the Labour party and antisemitism in the same sentence ever again.”

Under Starmer’s predecessor, Jeremy Corbyn, Labour was plagued by antisemitism scandals, some involving Corbyn himself.

Starmer replaced Corbyn in April, in the aftermath of Labour’s resounding electoral defeat last December.

Watch Starmer’s “Good Morning Britain” remarks below:

Good Morning Britain @GMB
‘I took the view that was antisemitic. I wanted her to take her tweet down straight away, that didn’t happen.’ ‘I don’t want the Labour Party and antisemitism in the same sentence ever again.’
@Keir_Starmer explains why he sacked @Rlong_bailey as Shadow Education Secretary.

Rebecca Long-Bailey has been sacked from Labour’s shadow cabinet after sharing an article that “contained an antisemitic conspiracy theory”.

A spokesperson said the party’s leader Sir Keir Starmer asked the Shadow Education Secretary to step down, stating that “restoring trust with the Jewish community is a number one priority”.

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