'Turned it into bigger story!' Starmer shoots himself in foot as strike row splits Labour


Jeremy Vine guest Andrew Peirce and Saleyha Ahsan were scathing in their reaction to the sacking of Mr Tarry by Sir Keir Starmer. The Labour leader has sparked a bitter factional row within his party as MPs split over whether to back Britain’s trade unions amid ongoing strikes. Jeremy Vine panellist agreed Sir Keir’s decision to remove Mr Tarry for turning up to a picket line has made the row into a “bigger story” than it otherwise needed to be. 

Mr Pierce told Jeremy Vine: “Industrial disputes could damage Labour if Labour is seen as being on the side of the strikers.

“So he is trying to pull his MPs back from these pickets and strikes.

“Very interesting though because Sam Tarry is stepping out, we can say that can’t we, his partner is Deputy Leader of the Labour Party Angela Rayner.

“She is very ambitious a lot of people think she would make a better Labour Leader than Keir Starmer, including me I might add.

“She has got fiz and she has got the fire in her belly,” continued Mr Pierce.

“A number of Labour MPs were on picket lines yesterday, what is he going to do?

“Sack them all.”

“He has turned this into a bigger story than it needed to be,” added Ms Ahsan. 



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