Labor leaders who challenged Keir Starmer to appear on picket lines are encouraged issue public an apology or risk disciplinary action, despite the fact that some members of the shadow cabinet called on the Labor leader drop in issue.
Several front-line workers were pictured next to the striking RMT workers. on On Tuesday, despite Starmer’s clear instructions to stay away.
The Guardian understands some of the rebel deputies involved were asked issue a statement explaining their presence.
One senior party a source jokingly suggested that the young leader was asked to claim they were “ambushed from behind the picket line”, a reference to the excuse used to explain Boris Johnson’s presence at his own birthday party. party.
Another source, a member of parliament, said the whips “threaten people for now, trying to force them issue apologies.” It is not clear what the consequences will be if they refuse to apologize.
Meanwhile, Starmer is under pressure from some of the members. of his shadow office drop the threat of disciplinary measure.
one shadow minister said it would be “outrageous” to warn or even dismiss Labor MPs for manifestation of solidarity with striking railroad workers.
Another member of the shadow cabinet suggested that this was correct. decision urge deputies to stay away from the front line of strikes as Labor tries to look like a future government – but wrong turn it into show of strength.
Not final decision is expected to be made about how deal with misguided MPs until this week’s RMT strikes over.
Top five players violated Starmer’s order, which was issued in a note from the leader office on Monday, telling your shadow cabinet that they should discuss with them teams in need to show “leadership”, staying away.
“We remind you that the leaders, including the teaching staff, [parliamentary private secretaries] should not to be on picket line,” the statement said.
in the event three PPS, one junior minister Alexei Sobel, and whip, Nav Mishra, posted Pictures of visit themselves first of three days of Industrial Activity on Tuesday.
Labor leader in Scotland Anas Sarwar. who was also pictured next to striking railroad workers tweeted that government was to blame for unable to prevent a strike.
Deputy Starmer Angela Rayner, former union representative who appeared regularly on picket lines in in past, also tweeted her support for RMT strike without participation in man saying that “the workers were left with no choice”.
Starmer decision order colleagues to give picket line has a wide berth caused irritation among many Labor MPs.
Some forward benches have even privately suggested that if of them colleagues were fired by Starmer as a result they would then show their anger by visiting the picket line themselves.
starmer aspired avoid conservatives caricature him as supportive of strikes are the most massive action on railways for three decades.
A source in the Labor Party said: “The Labor party is on in side of in public and our decisions guided by this. Not everyone will like this and we are ready for this, but this how Well prove itself as a serious operation, a serious government in waiting and there how Well win elections.”
shadow transport secretary Louise Hay repeatedly attacked her colleague Grant Shapps. for refusing to sit down with both sides and try to negotiate a deal.
The Labor leader has also repeatedly withdrawn on opportunity to demonstrate that he takes a different approach than his predecessor, Jeremy Corbyn, a staunch supporter of of union action who was often found on picket lines. In the first months of his in in the post, Starmer’s slogan was ” new leadership”.
AT prime minister questions, Starmer set destruction of the railroad near series of government shortcomings, including lags for passport renewals and flight cancellations. He said government did not “lift a finger” to prevent strikes.