Maxine Peake clarifies comments after Labour's Rebecca Long-Bailey is sacked

Maxine Peake has spoken out to clarify her comments after Rebecca Long-Bailey was sacked for sharing it.

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer had asked Rebecca Long-Bailey to step down from the shadow cabinet after she shared an article with ‘anti-semitic conspiracy theory’ comments from Maxine Peake.

Maxine has since said: ‘I feel it’s important for me to clarify that, when talking to The Independent, I was inaccurate in my assumption of American Police training & its sources.

‘I find racism & antisemitism abhorrent & I in no way wished, nor intended, to add fodder to any views of the contrary.’

A spokesman for Sir Keir Starmer said: ‘This afternoon Keir Starmer asked Rebecca Long-Bailey to step down from the Shadow Cabinet. The article Rebecca shared earlier today contained an antisemitic conspiracy theory.

‘As leader of the Labour Party, Keir has been clear that restoring trust with the Jewish community is a number one priority. Antisemitism takes many different forms and it is important that we all are vigilant against it.’

‘I am clear that I shall continue to support the Labour Party in Parliament under Keir Starmer’s leadership, to represent the people of Salford and Eccles and work towards a more equal, peaceful and sustainable world.’

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