Local election 2021 RESULTS LIVE – Angela Rayner sacked as Labour party chairman after Red Wall humiliation
SIR Keir Starmer has sacked Angela Rayner as labour Party chair following humiliation in the local elections.
“Keir said he was taking full responsibility for the result of the elections – and he said we need to change,” a Labour source told Sky News.
Rayner remains the party’s deputy leader as that is an elected position.
It comes after Boris Johnson completed a hattrick of stonking victories in Labour’s former heartlands.
Conservative Andy Street this afternoon stormed reelection as mayor of the West Midlands with a swelled majority, following yesterday’s Tory wins in Hartlepool and Tees Valley.
Mr Street, who sneaked a surprise victory in 2017, put more than 47,043 votes past his Labour rival, the former Cabinet minister Liam Byrne.
The triple-whammy defeat has sparked serious soul-searching within Labour – as well as a furious blame-game among rival factions.
Some small comforts were taken with Labour holds in the Manchester and Liverpool mayoral races, with London also set to stay red.
Allies of Sir Keir rallied round their leader, and pointed to the pandemic as a hindrance to his ability to campaign.
It came as:
- Nicola Sturgeon’s chances of gaining an SNP majority collapsed
- Boris Johnson slammed her “reckless” push for Indyref2
- Sadiq Khan was marching towards reelection as London mayor
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