Angela Rayner fired as Labour gripped by post-poll rancour

Questions grow on Keir Starmer’s leadership with accusations of ‘cowardly avoidance of responsibility’

Labour chair Angela Rayner has been dramatically fired by Keir Starmer as a bitter row erupted over the party’s disastrous performance in Thursday’s bumper set of elections.

She was blamed for her role in running the council and mayoral polls and the byelection in Hartlepool, but her allies said she was never given control over campaigns that were “run out of Starmer’s office”. As the chair of the campaign, her supporters said she was being set up for the blame.

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