Keir Starmer has sacked Rebecca Long-Bailey, his former leadership rival, from the shadow cabinet. The former shadow education secretary had tweeted approvingly an interview in which the actor Maxine Peake said the tactic used by American police of kneeling on someone’s neck was learnt from the Israeli secret services. In a statement, a spokesperson said: “As leader of the Labour Party, Keir has been clear that restoring trust with the Jewish community is a number one priority. Antisemitism takes many different forms and it is important that we all are vigilant against it.”
This by-election marked the nadir of electoral politics in Britain, in living memory. The climate was toxic.