The Labour leader has asked his former leadership rival to stand down as Shadow Education Secretary. The decision was made after the Salford and Eccles MP shared an article which contained an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory.
In a newspaper interview, Labour-supporting actor Maxine Peake claimed Israel had trained US police to use controversial tactics similar to the ones which led to the death of the black man George Flloyd in Minneapolis.
The interview also focused on the actor’s support for former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.
Sharing the article on Twitter, Ms Long Bailey wrote: “Maxine Peake is an absolute diamond.”
A spokesman for the Labour leader said: “This afternoon Keir Starmer asked Rebecca Long Bailey to step down from the shadow cabinet.
“The article Rebecca shared earlier today contained an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory.
“As leader of the Labour Party, Keir has been clear that restoring trust with the Jewish community is a number one priority.
“Anti-Semitism takes many different forms and it is important that we all are vigilant against it.”
Her dismissal from the Opposition front bench comes despite Ms Long Bailey trying to distance herself with the comments.
Following outrage that she had shared the interview with Maxine Peake, the Labour MP wrote on social media: “I retweeted Maxine Peake’s article because of her significant achievements and because the thrust of her argument is to stay in the Labour Party.
“It wasn’t intended to be an endorsement of all aspects of the article.”
She added she had agreed wording an apology by the Laboyr Party Leader’s Office but was told to “take both this agreed clarification” and her “original retweet down”.
However she said she had discussed matters with the Labour leader before “agreeing what further action to take” but subsequently she was sacked from her position.