Sir Keir Starmer has appointed Kate Green as the new Shadow Education Secretary after Corbynista Ms Long-Bailey was dismissed from the Labour frontbench. Ms Long-Bailey who served as Shadow Business Secretary under Jeremy Corbyn, was removed from the Shadow Cabinet after sharing an article on Twitter which contained an anti-semitic conspiracy theory.
Sir Keir said he had made it his “primary objective” to rebuild trust with the Jewish community following years of allegations of anti-semitism within the Labour Party.
He said: “I do not consider sharing that article furthered the cause of rebuilding trust with the Jewish community and that’s why I stood Rebecca Long-Bailey down.
“I didn’t do that because she is anti-Semitic, I did it because she shared the article which has got – in my view – anti-Semitic conspiracy theories in it.
“I’ve made it my first priority to tackle anti-Semitism and rebuilding trust with the Jewish community is a number one priority for me.”
Ms Long-Bailey later apologised and said sharing the story “was not intended to be an endorsement of all aspects of the article”.
Ms Green, the MP for Stretford and Urmston replaces Ms Long-Bailey and has been a critic of Mr Corbyn’s leadership and attempted to lead a coup to oust him as Labour leader in 2016.
In June 2016 following the EU referendum, Ms Green quit as Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities and was later appointed Chair of Owen Smith’s failed Labour leadership bid.
In an interview with the University of Exeter’s student newspaper Exepose’, she took a huge swipe at Mr Corbyn.
When speaking about Owen Smith’s leadership challenge, she said: “Owen and I were elected together in 2010, we’re good friends and our politics are very similar.
“We’re both politicians of the left, but we’re also great pragmatists, we want to get things done, not simply to talk in slogans.
“I think Owen Smith immensely able and personable, and the Labour Party needs someone who can unite the party and provide an effective team in parliament that can take on the Tories.”
“I look forward to working with teachers, unions, parents and councils to help ensure we get our children back in school as soon as possible.”
Sir Keir said: “I’m delighted to appoint Kate Green as shadow education secretary.
“Kate has spent a lifetime campaigning against child poverty and educational inequalities.
“I look forward to working with her in this new role.”