Jeremy Corbyn stands with people of Liverpool over Keir Starmer S*n outrage

Former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said he standing with affronted Liverpool MPs following Keir Starmer’s article in the S*n.
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Sir Keir Starmer has seen a huge backlash from Labour MPs and party members across the Liverpool region after he wrote an article for the S*n.

The Labour leader has been accused of betraying the city and some have said he’s "not fit" to be leader of the party. 

Starmer’s predecessor, Jeremy Corbyn, has joined the dissenting voices saying he stands with the people of Liverpool.

The former Labour leader was in the city last month to join thousands of people protesting against an arms fair scheduled to take place in at ACC Exhibition Centre.

Outrage at Starmer

MP for Wavertree Paula Barker put out a statement on social media slamming the actions of Starmer and said the Labour party do not need to have a relationship “with the rag” in order to win an election.

“I’m absolutely furious,” She told LiverpoolWorld. “Don’t take my city and my community for granted.”

“I have been inundated with messages from family members of the 97 to thank me for putting my statement out.

“And I have been inundated by members of the Labour party, who are asking me how they cancel their membership.”

Ian Byrne, MP for Liverpool West Derby, Kim Johnson, the Labour MP for Liverpool Riverside and Steve Rotheram, Metro Mayor of the Liverpool City Region, were all vocal in their criticism of the Labour leader.

Byrne said the staunch Labour city of Liverpool had been ‘betrayed’ and added that anyone who writes for the S*n is not fit to lead the party.

Corbyn received 19,000 likes on Twitter after stating: “I am with Ian and the people of Liverpool.”

Mayor of Liverpool, Joanne Anderson tweeted: “@UKLabour should never work with this paper.”

Mr Rotheram said:“My position on that (supposed) newspaper and Labour politicians engaging with it has not changed.

“The piece published today has unsurprisingly upset a lot of people across my region. The S*n is not and never will be welcome here.

“I have been in touch with Keir to reiterate my position and express the disappointment that I and many others feel.”

Boycott

The newspaper has been widely boycotted in the region after its coverage of the aftermath of the Hillsborough disaster in 1989, which claimed the lives of 97 football fans.

The S*n was all but forced to finally make an apology for its falsehoods in 2012 in the wake of the report of the Hillsborough Independent Panel, which led to the 2016 inquests.

The jury at the inquest unanimously ruled the fans were unlawfully killed and Liverpool supporters played no part in causing the fatal crushing.

Since then, there has only been a single conviction, which resulted in a fine. 

Starmer’s article in the S*n accused the Prime Minister of "incompetence" and talks about working people struggling "to get to work, feed their families and pay the bills".