All is not rosy with the government’s opposition at present, with its Shadow Secretary of State for Employment Rights and Protections, Andy McDonald, resigning on Monday over Labour‘s failure to support a £15-an-hour minimum wage.
Match of the Day presenter Lineker, who starred for Leicester City, Everton, Barcelona and Tottenham Hotspur at club level, weighed in on the chaos, tweeting: “Seems the Labour Party is constantly in opposition with itself rather than the government.”
Seems the Labour Party is constantly in opposition with itself rather than the government.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker)
McDonald’s resignation has sent shockwaves around the political sphere, with previous Labour head honchos Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell also hitting out at Starmer’s policies.
In a statement, the departing left-winger, who represents his hometown of Middlesborough, made scathing remarks.
“After 18 months of your leadership our movement is more divided than ever and the pledges you made to the membership are not being honoured,” McDonald said.
He added he was “instructed to go into a meeting and argue against a national minimum wage of £15 an hour and against statutory sick pay at the living wage” and it was something he “could not do.”
McDonald launched a preliminary proposal on workers’ rights with current Shadow Chancellor Rayner in the lead-up to the conference.
It had included a £10 minimum wage proposal, prompting some to claim his resignation was an attempt to sabotage the party’s tentpole event.
A senior Labour official told The Guardian regarding Monday’s event: “This is clearly a pathetic orchestrated attempt to undermine the changes happening in the party.
“We won’t be losing any sleep over this attempt at sabotaging Labour conference.”
Starmer is bidding to bring Labour into power for the first time since 2010 but faces an uphill battle after the party won their lowest number and proportion of seats since 1935 under Corbyn in the 2019 General Election.
And the former leader’s staunch supporters are expected to turn up the heat on his successor on Tuesday, with many of them due to speak during a rally at the left’s alternative conference, The World Transformed.
“To be honest, the conference is falling apart because of the behaviour of the leader – it’s appalling,” said former Shadow Chancellor McDonnell, one of those who is listed to speak at the Socialist Campaign Group rally.
Also on Tuesday, Starmer will address the audience on the south coast as head of the party for the first time in-person.
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