Starmer reveals exactly why he sacked Sam Tarry – and it was NOT for joining rail strike

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The Opposition leader spent this afternoon trying to dig himself out of a hole after outrage at his decision to axe his shadow transport minister.

He insisted he was left with no choice but to get rid of the Ilford South MP after he made up party policy “on the hoof”.

Speaking to Sky News, Sir Keir said: “Sam Tarry was sacked because he booked himself onto media programmes without permission and then made up policy on the hoof.

“That can’t be tolerated in any organisation because we have got collective responsibility, so that was relatively straightforward.”

“Of course, as far as the industrial action is concerned, I completely understand the frustration of so many working people who have seen the prices go up, have seen inflation through the roof and their wages haven’t gone up.

“So the Labour Party will always be on the side of working people but we need collective responsibility as any organisation does.”

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