Frontbencher for Labour, disobeys Starmer’s order to stay away from picket lines.

At London’s Euston station on Wednesday morning, Sam Tarry, the shadow minister of transportation, joined the picketing employees. A frontbencher for Labour, disobeyed Sir Keir Starmer’s order to stay off the picket line in support of the train workers’ strike.

At London’s Euston station on Wednesday morning, Sam Tarry, the shadow minister of transportation, joined the picketing employees. Speaking to ITV’s Good Morning Britain, Mr Tarry said: “If we don’t make a stand today, people’s lives could be lost.”

“Some of the lowest-paid workers are on strike today in the rail industry, safety-critical workers, workers who make sure our railways get people to work and do so safely.”

“It can’t be accepted anymore that people just have to accept that inflation is out of control. The Government’s doing nothing on the cost-of-living crisis.”

When asked whether he anticipated being fired by Sir Keir, Mr Tarry said: “I’ve no idea what Keir will decide to do but I know this – if Keir was in government right now, this dispute wouldn’t be happening.”

Adding: “I have absolutely 100% confidence that any Labour Party MP would be in support of striking workers who have given up a day’s pay, a week’s pay or even longer.”

Furthermore, Mr Tarry told Sky News that he was standing up for “40,000 low-paid transport workers” rather than “defying anybody.” 

Furthermore, Mr Tarry told Sky News that he was standing up for “40,000 low-paid transport workers” rather than “defying anybody.” 

Anneliese Dodds, chairperson of the Labour Party, said it is up to the whips to determine if Mr Tarry is fired for disobeying orders. 

When asked by Sky News what Sir Keir should do about his minister disobeying his directives, Ms Dodds responded as follows: “Ultimately, as I said, it’s a decision for that individual, but I’m sure that the whips will be looking at this in terms of it being a disciplinary matter.

“But, quite frankly, for me, the big issue here is why, in England, we’ve got people’s transport being disrupted so substantially with industrial action.”

The Labour politician accused the Government of “increasing division, not sitting down with the unions, with the employees getting a resolution.”

After a few Labour MPs didn’t follow his instructions during the June strike, Sir Keir told them again not to join striking workers outside of train stations.

On Tuesday, the leader of Labour said: “The Labour Party in opposition needs to be the Labour Party in power.

“And a government doesn’t go on picket lines, a government tries to resolve disputes.” source

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