Daily uk news Has Keir's reshuffle stalled? Embattled Starmer is yet to appoint ANY frontbench posts despite a whole day closeted with aides - amid claims MPs are ready to walk out if he tries to demote them and hard-Left openly threatening leadership ch

MetiNews.Com - Keir Starmer's reshuffle looks to be in danger of stalling today as Labour MPs openly brand him a 'coward' and threaten a leadership challenge in the wake of disastrous Super Thursday elections.

Daily uk news Has Keir's reshuffle stalled? Embattled Starmer is yet to appoint ANY frontbench posts despite a whole day closeted with aides - amid claims MPs are ready to walk out if he tries to demote them and hard-Left openly threatening leadership ch

MetiNews.Com - Keir Starmer's reshuffle looks to be in danger of stalling today as Labour MPs openly brand him a 'coward' and threaten a leadership challenge in the wake of disastrous Super Thursday elections.

Daily uk news  Has Keir's reshuffle stalled? Embattled Starmer is yet to appoint ANY frontbench posts despite a whole day closeted with aides - amid claims MPs are ready to walk out if he tries to demote them and hard-Left openly threatening leadership ch
09 May 2021 - 17:00

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Sir Keir ignored questions from reporters as he was driven away from his north London home this morningKeir Starmer's make-or-break reshuffle looks to be in danger of stalling today as Labour MPs openly brand him a 'coward' and threaten a leadership challenge in the wake of disastrous Super Thursday elections.Sir Keir ignored questions from reporters as he was driven away from his north London home, with the 24 hours looking critical for his chances of saving his shattered leadership.   Deborah Mattinson, a pollster for Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, has been appointed as his new strategy director in a bid to stabilise the party after the Tories inflicted more hammer blows to the Red Wall. But despite being closeted away with aides for the whole day, there is little sense that announcements are imminent, as they seemingly struggle to decide what to do next.  There is fury among left-wingers and moderates after it emerged last night that Angela Rayner has been effectively sacked as party chair, with claims the Ashton-under-Lyne MP is being made to carry the can for Sir Keir's mistakes.Ms Rayner was elected as party deputy leader separately to Sir Keir, meaning he cannot axe her entirely - with even his normal supporters conceding it was a 'bad idea'.Shadow chancellor Anneliese Dodds is also expected to be another victim of the overhaul, with shadow Cabinet Office minister Rachel Reeves tipped to replace her.However, there are claims that some ministers are discussing simply refusing to take other jobs, with Sir Keir facing the threat of a mass walk-out that could deal a fatal blow to his authority. Some shadow cabinet ministers told MailOnline they had heard nothing from the leader.As alarm bells started ringing over the scale of unrest in the party, shadow Scottish secretary Ian Murray insisted Ms Rayner had not been 'sacked' and was instead being given a 'significant promotion'. He told Sky News she was being moved from the 'back office to the front office' as a spokeswoman. Liverpool MP Kim Johnson took aim directly at Sir Keir saying shifting Ms Rayner was an 'appalling act of cowardice'. Corbynite former shadow home secretary Diane Abbott also waded into the spat, saying the decision to move Ms Rayner was 'baffling' and demanding Sir Keir reverts to 'popular' hard-Left policies.'She didn't take any of the big decisions around Hartlepool and we've not heard anywhere in the country people saying they didn't vote Labour because of Angela Rayner,' she said.And Jon Trickett, who was sacked by Sir from the shadow cabinet last year, tweeted: 'I don't think we should rule out a leadership challenge.'  more videos 1 2 3 Watch video Prince Harry and pregnant Meghan lead 'Vax Live' fundraising concert Watch video Gove says PM will relax personal contact rules on hugging Watch video The glass-bottomed bridge that a tourist was left stranded on Watch video Police discover body of deceased newborn baby in Grand Union Canal Watch video Debris from China's Long March 5B rocket lands in the ocean Watch video Footage issued of man sought in Maria Rawlings murder investigation Watch video Man aims deadly crossbow at pedestrians and police in Yorkshire Watch video People celebrate in the streets as Spain lifts six-month curfew Watch video Man desperately tries to save his BMW from being stolen by thieves Watch video Governor of Arkansas addresses execution of Ledell Lee Watch video Prince Michael of Kent receives honorary award from Putin crony Watch video Gunfire in Time Square leaves mother and four-year-old girl shot DM.later('bundle', function(){ DM.molFeCarousel.init('#p-19', 'channelCarousel', { "activeClass" : "wocc", "pageCount" : "3.0", "pageSize" : 1, "onPos": 0, "updateStyleOnHover": true }); }); Keir Starmer dropped a bombshell last night by sacking Angela Rayner (pictured together last week) as Labour Party chairwoman - although because she is the elected deputy leader he does not have powers to axe her altogether  Shadow chancellor Anneliese Dodds (left) is also expected to be another victim of a brutal reshuffle this week. Deborah Mattinson (right), a key adviser to Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, has been appointed as Labour's new strategy director Liverpool MP Kim Johnson took aim directly at Sir Keir saying shifting Ms Rayner was an 'appalling act of cowardice' With almost all the council results in for England, Labour has lost more than 300 seats while the Tories are up more than 200 more videos 1 2 3 Watch video Prince Harry and pregnant Meghan lead 'Vax Live' fundraising concert Watch video Gove says PM will relax personal contact rules on hugging Watch video The glass-bottomed bridge that a tourist was left stranded on Watch video Police discover body of deceased newborn baby in Grand Union Canal Watch video Debris from China's Long March 5B rocket lands in the ocean Watch video Footage issued of man sought in Maria Rawlings murder investigation Watch video Man aims deadly crossbow at pedestrians and police in Yorkshire Watch video People celebrate in the streets as Spain lifts six-month curfew Watch video Man desperately tries to save his BMW from being stolen by thieves Watch video Governor of Arkansas addresses execution of Ledell Lee Watch video Prince Michael of Kent receives honorary award from Putin crony Watch video Gunfire in Time Square leaves mother and four-year-old girl shot DM.later('bundle', function(){ DM.molFeCarousel.init('#p-30', 'channelCarousel', { "activeClass" : "wocc", "pageCount" : "3.0", "pageSize" : 1, "onPos": 0, "updateStyleOnHover": true }); }); RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next 'It's the will of the country': Nicola Sturgeon warns Boris... 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Share this article Share 181 shares Diane Abbott demands return to 'popular' hard-Left policies  Diane Abbott today demanded Keir Starmer returns to the 'popular' Socialist policies from the Jeremy Corbyn eraDiane Abbott today demanded Keir Starmer returns to the 'popular' Socialist policies from the Jeremy Corbyn era as Labour plunged further into civil war.The former shadow home secretary lashed out at Sir Keir as she insisted Mr Corbyn only led the party to its worst general election defeat since 1935 due to an 'extraordinary media attack'.Ms Abbott also waded into the spat over the 'sacking' of Angela Rayner from the key role as Labour chair, saying the decision was 'baffling'. The intervention came as Sir Keir mounted a desperate bid to save his shattered leadership after the dire Super Thursday results - kicking off a reshuffle and drafting in a New Labour pollster as his strategy chief.Speaking to Sky News' Ridge On Sunday, Ms Abbott, who described the Hartlepool by-election loss as 'distressing', said: 'I think we need to be building on the policies in the 2019 manifesto, many of which were forward-thinking and popular.'We need to get the strategy right.'Told that Mr Corbyn's manifesto had failed, Ms Abbott added: 'It was a manifesto that, taking the policies individually, was very popular.'She went on: 'We won Hartlepool twice under Jeremy Corbyn's leadership and, importantly, with a bigger proportion of the vote.'You can't say that Jeremy is responsible for the Hartlepool result. The disaffection in post-industrial Britain long predates Jeremy's leadership and we have to look at the roots of it.'    adverts.addToArray({"pos":"mpu_factbox"})Advertisement Ms Mattinson worked as a Labour pollster until the party was ejected from power in 2010, and after Jeremy Corbyn's 2019 general election defeat – the party's worst performance since 1935 – penned a book analysing the collapse of the Red Wall. She is due to leave BritainThinks, the research and consultancy company she co-founded, to take up her role as the party's strategy director next month.Ms Mattinson said: 'I am very much looking forward to joining Keir Starmer and his team.'The coming months will be challenging but I will be proud to play a part in helping Labour reconnect with the voters it has lost.'There was a small bright spot for Labour last night as Sadiq Khan retained his job as London Mayor, although Tory candidate Shaun Bailey far exceeded expectations and slashed his majority.They also secured the Cambridge and Peterborough mayoralty as the dramatic realignment of the UK's political landscape continues. However, in the latest punishing results from other key battlegrounds the Conservatives gained control of Amber Valley in Derbyshire from Labour, after winning 13 of the 16 seats being contested. And another expected victory could cause a serious headache for Sir Keir, as Tracey Brabin securing the West Yorkshire mayoralty would mean a by-election in her Batley & Spen constituency.    Labour was seemingly unable to find anyone to make the case for Sir Keir on the BBC's flagship Marr Show political programme today. In more evidence of the bitter war threatening to tear Labour apart, details of Ms Rayner's use of first class rail tickets were leaked to the Sunday Times. Her allies insisted she only did so for safety reasons after the murder of Sarah Everard.Ms Rayner is a survivor from the Corbyn era, and the defenestration of the party's most senior woman - who represents a Northern seat - from a key role sparked a backlash from all sides.Former shadow chancellor John McDonnell pointed out that Sir Keir had promised on Friday to take 'full responsibility for the election result in Hartlepool & other losses', but was now 'scapegoating everyone apart from himself'. 'This isn't leadership it's a cowardly avoidance of responsibility,' the Corbynite said.Mr McDonnell told the Marr Show that ditching Ms Rayner as national campaign co-ordinator was a 'huge mistake'.'I haven't spoken to Angie. And let me be clear, I don't have any brief for Angie – I didn't support her as deputy leader, I supported Richard Burgon,' he said.'When the leader of the party on Friday said he takes responsibility for the election result in Hartlepool in particular and then scapegoats Angela Rayner, I think many of us feel that is unfair, particularly as we all know actually that Keir's style of leadership is that his office controls everything.'It is very centralised and he controlled the campaign, so many of us think it is really unfair.'What public relations genius thought this was a good move on the very day, actually, we were having successes – Andy Burnham in Manchester, Steve Rotheram in Liverpool, Paul Dennett in Salford, Marvin down in Bristol, Sadiq in London.

. I just think it is a huge mistake.'A Labour source said: 'Keir said he was taking full responsibility for the result of the elections and he said we need to change. That means changing how we run our campaigns in future. Angela will continue to play a senior role in Keir's team.' It came as former Cabinet minister Andy Burnham piled more pressure on Sir Keir, by blasting the party for being too 'London-centric', while adding in a tweet: 'I can't support this.'The former health secretary, who quit as an MP after losing the leadership to Jeremy Corbyn, also hinted that he would be prepared to have another tilt at the top job after being overwhelmingly returned as Greater Manchester mayor. Keir Starmer sacked Angela Rayner (centre, pictured with unsuccessful West Midlands Metro Mayor candidate Liam Byrne, right) as Labour Party chairwoman and campaigns co-ordinator tonight over Thursday's dismal election fiasco, in a move that looked certain to plunge the party into a new civil war Mr Burnham, who has been dubbed 'King of the North' after taking on Boris Johnson over Covid regulations last year, won a second term as mayor with an increased share of the vote, on an increased turnout, from 2017. more videos 1 2 3 Watch video Prince Harry and pregnant Meghan lead 'Vax Live' fundraising concert Watch video Gove says PM will relax personal contact rules on hugging Watch video The glass-bottomed bridge that a tourist was left stranded on Watch video Police discover body of deceased newborn baby in Grand Union Canal Watch video Debris from China's Long March 5B rocket lands in the ocean Watch video Footage issued of man sought in Maria Rawlings murder investigation Watch video Man aims deadly crossbow at pedestrians and police in Yorkshire Watch video People celebrate in the streets as Spain lifts six-month curfew Watch video Man desperately tries to save his BMW from being stolen by thieves Watch video Governor of Arkansas addresses execution of Ledell Lee Watch video Prince Michael of Kent receives honorary award from Putin crony Watch video Gunfire in Time Square leaves mother and four-year-old girl shot DM.later('bundle', function(){ DM.molFeCarousel.init('#p-51', 'channelCarousel', { "activeClass" : "wocc", "pageCount" : "3.0", "pageSize" : 1, "onPos": 0, "updateStyleOnHover": true }); }); Tories gain more Red Wall council seats... but lose ground in their own heartlands   The Tories gained more ground in Red Wall areas today as the last council results trickled in - but lost ground in their own traditional stronholds.   The Conservatives gained control of Amber Valley in Derbyshire from Labour after winning 13 of the 16 seats being contested.Nine seats were seized from Labour.But Labour gained five seats in Worthing, with the Tories only narrowly retaining control of the council in their Sussex heartlands.Keir Starmer's party also added a county council seat from the Conservatives in Chipping Norton, the affluent Cotswold area where David Cameron lives. The Conservatives now have 19, with Labour on 15 and the Liberal Democrats three.The Liberal Democrats also took control of St Albans council, having previously been tied with the Tories.  adverts.addToArray({"pos":"mpu_factbox"})Advertisement Mr Burnham, who has been dubbed 'King of the North' after taking on Boris Johnson over Covid regulations last year, won a second term as mayor with an increased share of the vote, on an increased turnout, from 2017.It left him the most senior and successful elected Labour Party politician outside the parliamentary leadership of the party.In an interview with Sky, Mr Burnham suggested he would entertain becoming leader of the Labour Party 'in the distant future', adding: 'If the party were ever to feel it needed me, well I'm here and they should get in touch.'He added: 'I have tried twice to be the leader and it has never worked, so I'm not under any illusions that it has never worked for me in the past.'I feel I am in the best job in the world and we have a massive job ahead of us but I'm here to help the Labour Party if they need it - but they need to change, let's be really clear about this.'They have lost an emotional connection with parts of the country that is going to take a lot of work to get back, so I think the party has to do a lot of soul-searching about these results and understand why we have done well in Wales, places like Greater Manchester, and it really needs to then buy in to English devolution and build from the bottom up - that's what these results are telling them.' One usually supportive Labour MP told MailOnline of the axing of Ms Rayner: 'Not the best idea. She has been useless in the campaigning role, but then so has his own office.' A frustrated moderate MP said: 'His office is full of political incompetents who act like they are in an edition of the West Wing without any political antenna. They make no attempt to connect with the PLP and think elected politicians are an inconvenience.' Lord Mandelson vented anger at the agitating from hard-Left figures for another lurch back towards Corbynite policies.The former Cabinet minister told Times Radio that Sir Keir's problem was that he had 'underestimated the scale of the challenge' and needed to be 'bold' about making changes.  'At the beginning, I think he underestimated the scale of the challenge he was taking on,' the peer said. 'And I think he underestimated the scale of the transformation that was needed to meet voters expectations of what they wanted to see the Labour Party do and change and to take on. 'Second, I think after the devastating result of the 2019 election he assumed the party would show some humility, and willingness to change.  How 'Grangela' Rayner's tough upbringing gave her a touch of steel    Angela Rayner has drawn heavily on her time as a one-time struggling teenage mother during her rise to the top of the Labour movement.The 41-year-old, who has been MP for Ashton-under-Lyne since 2015, proudly welcomed her own granddaughter at the age of just 37 with a tweet jokingly referring to herself as 'Grangela'. The married mother-of-three was just 16 when she had her first son, Ryan, and has told how becoming pregnant so young 'saved' her.Her teenage relationship with Ryan's father ended quickly and she has since married Unison official Mark Rayner.But speaking at a Labour Party fringe event in 2019, she said it was her ambition to be a good mother which has driven her. Her politics was also shaped by her early life, being forced to drop out of school aged 16 with no qualifications after becoming pregnant, which she said was the best thing which could have happened to her.'I was in the Manchester nightclub scene at 13 and thought affection from men - the wrong type of affection - was the right thing,' she told the Spectator.'I lost about six friends before I was 18. They died through a drug overdose, or killed in a car, joy-riding. 'But once I got pregnant it wasn't just my life I was messing around with. I had somebody to look after.'Living on a Stockport council estate with her baby son Ryan, she continued to tie down a job in a care home to keep her independence and went back to take exams.Ms Rayner's steeliness was developed earlier in her life when she was forced to look after her bipolar mother, whose mental state left the family struggling to make ends meet.She later became a trade union representative, fast rising to be the most senior Unison official in the North West.  Her husband Mark is also a trade union officer and the couple have two children - Jimmy, 11, and Charlie, 10. adverts.addToArray({"pos":"mpu_factbox"})Advertisement 'And I'm afraid I think that the assumption, in the case of some leading members of the party, was misplaced. Just look at the opposition of John McDonnell, Diane Abbott and other supporters of Jeremy Corbyn who were responsible for that devastating defeat. 'They're not showing humility and willingness. They're not showing a preparedness to change.They are just remaining stuck in a rut, looking backwards and trying to justify and vindicate themselves and the policies on which we lost the last election very, very badly indeed.' As Mayor of Greater Manchester Mr Burnham has built his own successful brand. But his success is widely seen as coming through his high profile, as a former Labour government minister - and his distance from the Labour Party.Despite first becoming MP for Leigh in 2001 and serving as a government minister during 17 years of New Labour, he has railed against the poor-relation status of the North and taken to regularly bashing the Westminster establishment.He also served in Jeremy Corbyn's shadow cabinet, which has led to an often-heard criticism within Labour ranks - that Mr Burnham, having served in Tony Blair's pro-EU, globalising Labour Party and Mr Corbyn's socialist, red-in-tooth-and-claw version, he is a weather-vane who goes with the flow to ensure his own electoral success.Mr Burnham left Westminster to become Mayor of Greater Manchester in 2017 and crucially was removed from his party's decision to back a second referendum on the Brexit vote, the cause of anger among northern Leave voters. Labour has blamed the coronavirus pandemic for hampering its campaigns across Britain after the Tories racked up a string of stunning poll victories in the local elections. Labour was thrashed in the Hartlepool by-election, with Jill Mortimer securing a majority of almost 7,000, while Tory Ben Houchen won a second term as mayor of Tees Valley with a whopping 73 per cent share of the vote.And the Conservatives gained control of a series of councils, including Northumberland, Nottinghamshire, Dudley, Harlow and Nuneaton and Bedworth – reversing the mid-term slump often suffered by governing parties.With the Tories also winning seats across the West Midlands, senior figures were increasingly confident that the region's mayor Andy Street will secure a second term in office when returns there are announced today.  Ministers have predicted that Boris Johnson could rule longer than Margaret Thatcher as results showed the Tories could take 36 more Westminster seats from Labour at the next General Election.They believe there has been a permanent shift in the UK's political identity and claimed Mr Johnson - who has been the premier since July 2019 - could outlast Margaret Thatcher's 11 years in Downing Street, The Times reports.   First Minister Nicola Sturgeon at the count for the Scottish Parliamentary Elections at the Glasgow Emirates Arena yesterday Andy Burnham piled more pressure on Sir Keir, saying he 'can't support' Angela Rayner's firingThey believe the Tories must establish an advantage by winning the 'culture wars' and challenging 'woke' views. Meanwhile sources told the Guardian Sir Keir is now considering moving Labour out of London to reconnect with 'Red Wall' voters.However, Mr Johnson is facing a constitutional clash with Nicola Sturgeon as she renews her push for another Scottish independence referendum after winning her own mandate in Scottish elections.Labour infighting flared with frontbencher Khalid Mahmood announcing he was quitting Labour's front bench in protest at the 'woke' leadership.The former defence spokesman and West Midlands MP said the party had been 'effectively captured' by a 'London-based bourgeoisie, with the support of brigades of woke social media warriors'.  The scale of the changes in key areas was laid bare in charts produced by Election Maps UK 

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Daily uk news Has Keir's reshuffle stalled? Embattled Starmer is yet to appoint ANY frontbench posts despite a whole day closeted with aides - amid claims MPs are ready to walk out if he tries to demote them and hard-Left openly threatening leadership ch


Daily uk news Has Keir's reshuffle stalled? Embattled Starmer is yet to appoint ANY frontbench posts despite a whole day closeted with aides - amid claims MPs are ready to walk out if he tries to demote them and hard-Left openly threatening leadership ch


Daily uk news Has Keir's reshuffle stalled? Embattled Starmer is yet to appoint ANY frontbench posts despite a whole day closeted with aides - amid claims MPs are ready to walk out if he tries to demote them and hard-Left openly threatening leadership ch


Daily uk news Has Keir's reshuffle stalled? Embattled Starmer is yet to appoint ANY frontbench posts despite a whole day closeted with aides - amid claims MPs are ready to walk out if he tries to demote them and hard-Left openly threatening leadership ch

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