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PremierLeague-News.Com - Frontbenchers joining striking rail workers on picket lines face being sacked from their jobs as a row over the party’s handling of the walkout threatened to cause splits in the shadow cabinet
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Labour Party frontbenchers joining striking rail workers on picket lines face being sacked from their jobs as a row over the party’s handling of the walkout threatened to cause splits in the shadow cabinet.Sir Keir Starmer emailed his team ahead of Tuesday’s industrial action – the biggest rail strike in 30 years – ordering them not to join in with protests.But a handful of frontbenchers defied his instructions and joined Labour backbenchers in attending picket lines across the country.The Labour leader’s office confirmed frontbenchers who did so faced disciplinary action. Labour Chief Whip Sir Alan Campbell is preparing to take action once the strikes have ended.Some Shadow Cabinet members, however, are understood to be unhappy with the leader’s hardline approach. They do not think Sir Keir should be threatening frontbenchers with the sack for joining the picket line, i understands.One Shadow minister told i: “Privately, most of us are spitting blood. There are going to be some very robust discussions with our Shadow Secretary of State this afternoon.”The Conservatives have sought to use the row to claim that Labour is on the side of striking workers, who have caused chaos for millions of commuters.But Labour is pointing the finger squarely at the Government, with sources arguing the public will be clued up as to who is responsible for disruption caused.Sit Keir has been eager not to provide the Government with further ammunition for its attacks by exposing rifts in his party.
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.Frontbenchers who rebelled against the leadership included, Kate Osborne, parliamentary private secretary (PPS) to shadow Northern Ireland Secretary Peter Kyle, Labour whip Navendu Mishra PPS, Paula Barker and Scottish Labour leader Anas Sarwar.A Labour Shadow minister argued it was “perfectly reasonable” for Mr Sarwar, to take a different view on rail strikes.Baroness Chapman, Shadow Minister of State at the Cabinet Office, told BBC Radio 4’s PM programme: “Keir Starmer is a prime minister in waiting leading a government in waiting, and it is important that he behaves in that way.“So when he says that the right thing for the Government to do is to try to resolve this and get parties round the table, he means it, so he has to walk the walk on that and not just say it.“I think it’s perfectly reasonable for Anas to take a different view. He is the leader of Scottish Labour. He makes his own decisions.”Meanwhile a poll revealed more than half of adults believe the strikes are “justified”.A survey of more than 2,300 people by Savanta ComRes showed that 58 per cent said the industrial action was justified.A separate YouGov poll, which asked if people supported the walkouts, found fewer than four in 10 did so.The survey of 2,516 adults suggested only 37 per cent were supportive of the rail transport workers striking this week, while 45 per cent said they opposed it.
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