Sir Keir Starmer was ‘showing solidarity’ with workers when he was photographed two years ago at a protest supporting a £15 minimum wage, Labor has claimed amid growing controversy over the policy lower party wages.
The Labor convention was in disarray after Andy McDonald stepped down from his position as shadow secretary for labor rights, after he was asked to protest a national minimum wage of £15 from the time to protest.
A 2019 photo of Starmer fighting for a £15 minimum wage with McDonald’s workers has gone viral, as leftists accuse him of backing down on his previous support.
Diane Abbott, who served in the shadow cabinet under Jeremy Corbyn, said: “It is a fact that Keir Starmer supported £15 an hour until recently and they demonstrated the demand for it.”
“It’s not good to applaud these people and not be prepared to pay them a fair minimum wage,” the Labor MP said.
Corbyn accused Starmer and his team of wanting to ‘support’ money and power by not supporting a convention resolution to establish a party policy of a minimum wage of £15 an hour.
But Labor leader Nick Thomas-Symonds has denied any discrepancy on the issue, saying the party’s stance to push for at least £10 an hour is a ‘responsible thing to do’.
Asked by the LBC about a 2019 photo showing Starmer during a protest against McDonald’s workers’ £15 minimum wage, the shadow home secretary said: ‘He was showing his solidarity with the workers who fight for it. were demanding. “
Thomas-Symonds said Labor would assess its minimum wage policy closer to the next general election: “We are also saying that we do not know what the economic situation will be … when Boris Johnson chooses to call the next general election. Huh. “
Thomas-Symonds could name the current minimum wage when asked for figures on LBC. “Well, that’s under 10 pounds… I don’t know per capita. I’ll be quite honest with you.
McDonald said he resigned from his position as shadow secretary for labor rights after he was ordered to argue against the national minimum wage of £15 an hour and statutory sick pay on the living wage, ahead of the vote .Tuesday. “It’s something I couldn’t do,” he wrote.
The leadership’s new battle with Labor comes amid allegations that McDonald’s resignation from the shadow cabinet was an act of “planned sabotage” by Starmer opponents.
Scottish Shadow Secretary Ian Murray said: ‘We don’t know exactly why he resigned yesterday, it seems he said one thing and wrote another. This sounds like a planned sabotage of a convention rather than a principle. “
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