INTERNAL WAR – Fired Labour frontbencher says it is time to “fight back” and “reclaim the party.”

Sam Tarry told members of the Communication Workers Union this morning that it’s time to “fight back.” This comes a day after Sir Keir Starmer said that it was “straightforward” to fire him for making up policy “on the hoof.”

The MP said, “people need to have a really hard think about what the Labour Party is for,” which will anger leader Sir Keir Stramer.

This morning, he spoke at a rally for striking BT workers. He said that Labour needs to make it clear that it will fight for workers’ rights to the end.

He said that leaders shouldn’t “look the other way” when workers go to food banks.

The former shadow minister told Communication Workers Union members: “Let’s be absolutely clear – it is not good enough, it is not good enough for the Labour Party to say that we probably won’t be able to give you a pay rise in line with inflation.”

“Because that means the Labour Party is committed to cut people’s wages in real terms and that is totally unacceptable.”

“If I’m sacked for having said that live on TV and not supposed to (have) been on that picket line then people need to have a really hard think about what the Labour Party is for.”

“Because for me the clue is in the name: Labour. On the side of working people.”

He added that “things were changing” and it was “time to fight back” and “reclaim our party”.

According to Sir Keir, Mr Tarry was sacked because he appeared on TV programmes without authorisation and made up policies “on the hoof.”

On Thursday, when on a visit to Birmingham, the Labour Party leader said: “Sam Tarry was sacked because he booked himself onto media programmes without permission, and then made up policy on the hoof, and that can’t be tolerated in any organisation because we’ve got collective responsibility.”

“So that was relatively straightforward.”


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