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Soulmates and Politics: Angela Rayner Speaks Out on Sam Tarry's Deselection

28 April 2023
2 min.
Soulmates and Politics: Angela Rayner Speaks Out on Sam Tarry's Deselection

Labour's internal strife

Angela Rayner, the deputy leader of the Labour Party, has defended her boyfriend Sam Tarry's candidacy as a Member of Parliament after he was deselected by members last October.

Mr. Tarry, a close political ally of Ms. Rayner, was hoping to run in the Ilford South constituency but was blocked by activists who instead chose a council leader to fight the next election.

At a fundraising dinner in Mr. Tarry's constituency, Ms. Rayner spoke highly of him, saying that he is one of the most kind-hearted and amazing individuals she knows. She added that he is her soulmate and urged the Labour Party to reconsider their decision to block his candidacy.

Ms. Rayner's comments were in response to Mr. Tarry's claims that the vote that led to his deselection was a "manufactured political circus." He has confirmed his intention to challenge the result, and speaking to the BBC's Laura Kuenssberg, he said he fully intends to stand as a Labour candidate at the next election.

Mr. Tarry's deselection has highlighted the ongoing tension within the Labour Party between its left-wing members and the party's centrist leadership. He is a member of the Socialist Campaign Group of MPs, a faction within the party that is largely made up of staunchly left-wing Labour backbenchers. Mr. Tarry has also publicly supported recent industrial actions, including strikes by junior doctors, teachers, and postmen, which the Labour leadership has refused to back.

The party has insisted that it is confident in both the result of the ballot and the integrity of the process. Jas Athwal, the leader of Redbridge Borough Council, will be the Labour candidate in Ilford South at the next general election, which is expected next autumn.

However, Mr. Tarry's deselection and the controversy surrounding it could have significant implications for the Labour Party's unity and support from its left-wing members. His dismissal from the shadow cabinet last July after he appeared on a rail strike picket and publicly supported the RMT union strikes has led to criticism from some party members who see it as a move away from the party's traditional roots.

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