Ilford South MP Sam Tarry has joined up with the grassroots group Momentum to start a new “Labour for labour” campaign. It aims to pressure Sir Keir and MPs into backing workers crippling the country through a series of strikes.
The campaign will see Momentum activists pass motions in their Constituency Labour Party (CLPs) to send to the annual national Labour Conference at the end of September.
The motion, if passed, would force Sir Keir to instruct his shadow ministers to attend picket lines.
Sir Keir has said it would be wrong for his top team to join those on strike as he wants to look like a Government-in-waiting.
He said earlier this week: “You can’t be in Government around the Cabinet table and then go to a picket line.”
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Hilary Schan, Momentum co-chair said: “Enough is enough. Britain is on the brink – with the Tories missing in action, now is the time for Labour to champion real relief for the millions of people suffering in this cost-of-living crisis.
“Keir Starmer needs to get off the fence and stand on the picket lines with working people fighting for their livelihoods, whether it’s rail workers or posties.
“What’s more, he should come out for the inflation-proof payrise the people of this country deserve.”
Ms Rayner, broke her silence on her boyfriend’s dismissal last week, saying Sir Keir was “completely within his rights” to sack her boyfriend.
The Ashton-under-Lyne MP is understood to have grown close to Mr Tarry after he helped run her deputy leadership campaign in 2020.