Labour suspends Angela Rayner's aide amid 'rising hostilities'

Labour suspends Angela Rayner’s aide amid ‘rising hostilities between the deputy leader and Keir Starmer

  • Jack McKenna is under investigation on suspicion of a ‘personal data breach
  • Claims he briefed press about potential sacking of another party staff member
  • Mr McKenna, who is head of Ms Rayner’s communications, denies the allegation
  • 安吉拉·雷纳‘s communications chief has been suspended in the latest sign of rising tensions between the deputy Labour leader and Sir 基尔·斯塔默.

    Jack McKenna, 前任 杰里米·科宾(Jeremy Corbyn) aide, has been placed under investigation on suspicion of a personal data breach involving another party staff member.

    The investigation is said to centre around a now-deleted tweet by a journalist, which referred to a row between Ian Murray, the shadow Scotland secretary, and Labour’s head of policy, Claire Ainsley, about whether one of his aides was going to be fired.

    Mr McKenna is accused of breaching ‘personal databy allegedly briefing the press about the rowbut his allies say there is no evidence for the claim.

    Labour said the probe does not amount to a presumption of guilt, 报告了 时报.

    Mr McKenna, who is in charge of Ms Rayner’s media relations and writes her speeches, denies the allegations.

    He is now understood to be discussing with his trade union how members of the media became aware of his suspension before he did.

    It comes as allies of the deputy leader fear the move is politically motivated amid claims that relations between Sir Keir Starmer and Angela Rayner (一起画) are now at 'rock bottom'

    It comes as allies of the deputy leader fear the move is politically motivated amid claims that relations between Sir Keir Starmer and Angela Rayner (一起画) are now at ‘rock bottom

    Mr McKenna saw Ms Rayner through a recent rocky period, including her apology for branding Tory MPs ‘scum’, as well as her response to sleaze and multiple death threats.

    Ms Rayner had reportedly asked him to take a few days off earlier this week, but it is unclear whether she had been aware of his proposed suspension.

    It comes as allies of the deputy leader fear the move is politically motivated amid claims that relations between Sir Keir and Ms Rayner are now at ‘rock bottomafter claims that he had left her ‘humiliatedand ‘blindsidedby his surprise reshuffle of Labour’s Shadow Cabinet last week.

    But the leader of the opposition has insisted the pair have a good relationship.

    ‘We’re friends. We get on. We talk a lot,’ 他告诉泰晤士报.

    There are fears Mr McKenna’s suspension risks reigniting the civil war between left and moderate factions of the party.

    It comes after a bruising stand-off in May which saw Sir Keir try to strip Ms Rayner of some of her shadow cabinet responsibilitiesonly for her to end up with more.

    Mr McKenna was involved in the row as Ms Rayner’s head of communications.

    His suspension follows a tough week for the party, which saw key moderates boosted into cabinet positionsincluding Wes Streeting, Bridget Phillipson and Lisa Nandywhile the likes of Jon Ashworth were demoted.

    The Labour Party and Mr McKenna declined to comment when contacted by the Times.

    It comes as a senior party figure revealed to The Mail on Sunday yesterday that Sir Keir’s advisers had discussed the extraordinary step of abolishing Ms Rayner’s post.

    Jack McKenna, a former Jeremy Corbyn aide, has been placed under investigation on suspicion of a personal data breach involving another party staff member. He denies the allegations.

    Jack McKenna, a former Jeremy Corbyn aide, has been placed under investigation on suspicion of a personal data breach involving another party staff member. He denies the allegations.

    Ms Rayner’s allies reacted in fury at even the idea of axeing the ‘historicpost of deputy leader, branding it ‘brutaland a ‘constitutional outrage’.

    One leading Left-winger claimed it showed that North 伦敦 MP and barrister Sir Keir was ‘frightenedand ‘intimidatedby the outspoken Greater Manchester MP.

    议员说: ‘To even talk about getting rid of his deputy’s post is an outrage and insult to party democracy.

    Moderate MPs hit back by pointing out that it was just two years since Left-wing allies of then leader Jeremy Corbyn had also tried to scrap the deputy position to get rid of then post-holder Tom Watson who was critical of Mr Corbyn.

    A senior party insider told the Mail on Sunday that the so-called ‘nuclear optionof ditching the position was revived earlier this year – including at a meeting attended by Sir Keir.

    The idea had been ‘very seriously’ 经过考虑的, 他说, ‘because Keir would feel he had really tried to get on with Angie and it’s proved impossible’.

    The insider acknowledged that the change was ‘probably impossiblebecause it was ‘such an obviously personal thingagainst Ms Rayner.

    He also warned the plan, which would require backing at a party conference, would never be supported by trade union leaders.

    昨晚, Sir Keir’s spokeswoman denied there had been any discussions on abolishing the deputy leader post or plans to do so.