Keir Starmer’s ‘weak link’ exposed as Labour leader ‘can’t sack’ Angela Rayner

Keir Starmer ‘overshadowed’ Angela Rayner says Adam Boulton

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William Hague has shed light on the altercation between Keir Starmer, the leader of the Labour Party and Deputy Labour Angela Rayner. The Labour Leader opted to reshuffle his team on the same day that his deputy, Mrs Rayner, was giving a speech. But Ms Rayner was oblivious to the reshuffle until after she carried out some media interviews on Monday morning.

And when asked to voice her opinion on the reshuffle, she was completely caught off guard, as she knew nothing about it.

Former Conservative leader William Hague told Aasmah Mir on Times Radio: “Well, Kezia’s right that it didn’t really matter yesterday that Angela Rayner had no clue what was going on.

“Of course, this sort of thing would really matter in a general election campaign, because this is a weak link between the leader and the deputy leader who he can’t sack.

“And imagine an election where the entire media and the entire Conservative party every day would be trying to prise them apart and show that they weren’t coordinated with each other?

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“So this is a problem, a big problem for the future for the Labour Party, even though it was kind of amusing yesterday.

Mr Hague is adamant that the damage between the pair is done and can’t be undone.

He said: “I am optimistic that it won’t be fixed.

“I am a Conservative, but again we just have more ruthless rules in the Conservative Party. There is no elected deputy leader, the leader can invent a deputy leader like I did when I was leader.

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Keir Starmer ‘overshadowed’ Angela Rayner says Adam Boulton

“And then you can dis-invent the deputy leader when its’ not convenient to have them around anymore. We put all that power in the leader, really, but we’re then ruthless about getting rid of the leader if they do something wrong.

“Peter Lilley was my deputy leader and he was good, but it was time to rotate everybody around.

“So you see, leaders in the Conservative Party can be ruthless. Keir Starmer, even if he had the ruthlessness in him, can’t do anything about Angela Rayner.

“He’s stuck with a rather unwieldy party constitution he can’t do anything about. 


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Ms Rayner also opened up about her harrowing experience with abuse since she took on the role last year.

She now has a permanent police escort and panic buttons installed in her home.

She said: “I have received emails saying ‘ do us all a favour so we do not have to hunt you down like Jo Cox’.

Five year ago Labour MP Jo Cox was shot and stabbed in an attack in her constituency in West Yorkshiree.

Despite all the security in the world, she doesn’t feel safe and lists the example of former US President John F.Kennedy who was assassinated in 1963.

She remarked: “He had the best security in the world so if someone wants to do that, there is always a risk.”

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