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Rebecca Long-Bailey FINALLY deletes anti-Semitism row tweet that got her sacked from shadow cabinet

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Axed Corbynista Rebecca Long-Bailey FINALLY deletes tweet praising a Maxine Peake interview containing an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory almost a WEEK after it got her sacked from the shadow cabinet

  • Ex-leadership candidate sacked as shadow education secretary on Thursday 
  • She praised Maxine Peake interview containing anti-Semitic conspiracy theory 
  • Offending tweet was finally deleted from her Twitter account late last night 

Corbynista Labour MP Rebecca Long-Bailey has finally deleted a tweet praising a controversial interview that saw her axed from the shadow Cabinet almost a week ago.

Former leadership candidate Ms Long-Bailey was sacked as shadow education secretary by Sir Keir Starmer last Thursday after linking to an interview by the ex-communist actress Maxine Peake.

In the Independent interview, Shameless star Ms Peake repeated an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory linking Israelis to the murder of George Floyd which sparked the Black Lives Matter protests. She later apologised.

But Ms Long-Bailey’s tweet, which described Ms Peake as ‘an absolute diamond’ was only removed from her Twitter feed late last night, as recorded by ab account which monitors tweets deleted by MPs.

Her sacking reignited Labour’s internal row over anti-Semitism, with supporters of former leader Jeremy Corbyn rounding on Sir Keir to demand she be reinstated.

The new leader, who has vowed to remove the stain of anti-Semitism from the party, has refused to do so.

Former leadership candidate Ms Long-Bailey was sacked as shadow education secretary by Sir Keir Starmer last Thursday after linking to an interview by actress Maxine Peake

Former leadership candidate Ms Long-Bailey was sacked as shadow education secretary by Sir Keir Starmer last Thursday after linking to an interview by actress Maxine Peake

In the Independent interview, Shameless star Ms Peake repeated an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory linking Israelis to the murder of George Floyd which sparked the Black Lives Matter protests

In the Independent interview, Shameless star Ms Peake repeated an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory linking Israelis to the murder of George Floyd which sparked the Black Lives Matter protests

But the tweet, which described Ms Peake as 'an absolute diamond' was only removed from her Twitter feed late last night, as recorded by a Twitter account which monitors MPs deleted tweets

But the tweet, which described Ms Peake as ‘an absolute diamond’ was only removed from her Twitter feed late last night, as recorded by a Twitter account which monitors MPs deleted tweets

Ms Long-Bailey this week accused Sir Keir of plunging Labour into an ‘avoidable mess’ by sacking her.

On Monday night she claimed he made up his mind to dismiss her too quickly and did not give her a chance to correct her mistake. 

Writing in The Guardian, Mrs Long-Bailey said she had a ‘quick read’ of the offending article by actress Maxine Peake before sharing it on Twitter.

She said her ‘heart sank’ when she learned of concerns over a passage in which the actress said the US police had learned the tactics that killed George Floyd from the Israeli secret services.

The Leader of the Opposition’s office asked her to delete the original tweet – but when she did not do so, she was sacked. 

Mrs Long-Bailey wrote: ‘When he did call me, he had made his decision.

‘It was a mess, and an avoidable one. Of course I take responsibility for my own actions.

Her sacking reignited Labour's internal row over anti-Semitism, with supporters of former leader Jeremy Corbyn rounding on Sir Keir to demand she be reinstated, which he ignored

Her sacking reignited Labour’s internal row over anti-Semitism, with supporters of former leader Jeremy Corbyn rounding on Sir Keir to demand she be reinstated, which he ignored

‘Would I have retweeted the article knowing some of its contents would cause hurt? No of course not.’ 

Sir Keir told Sky News he stands by his decision to sack Mrs Long-Bailey from her role as shadow education secretary last week.

She has since been replaced by Kate Green, the MP for Stretford and Urmston.

Sir Keir said: ‘When I took over as leader of the Labour party, I said I would root out anti-Semitism, and I’ve been judged by my actions, not by my words. I took the decision I did on Thursday and it was the right decision.

‘I won’t go through the ins and outs of the discussions… but it’s well known that she was asked to delete the tweet – that didn’t happen, and I took the action that I did.’

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