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Richard Burgon should be ruled out of the Labour deputy race, says Wes Streeting
25 January 2020, 09:16
Dawn Butler should also be ruled out because both her and Burgon's position on anti-Semitism.
Wes Streeting, Labour MP, spoke to Andrew Castle about the Labour leadership and deputy leader race.
Andrew Castle spoke about anti-Semitism.
He mentioned how Rebecca Long-Bailey had signed up to the Board of Deputies' 10 pledges, but deputy contender Richard Burgon had not.
Streeting said: "I'm afraid in the deputy race, both Richard Burgon and Dawn Butler - ironically, the shadow's equalities secretary - they haven't signed those pledges and I think that's just absolutely appalling.
"It should just rule them out of the race altogether as it says we know best and we're still not listening."
Earlier in the conversation, the Labour MP said: "This is not just an issue of votes, this is an issue of morality and principles and showing that we are genuinely an anti-racist party."
He continued: "The problem we've got we've got with both Becky and Richard Burgon... Becky has signed the Board of Deputies' pledges. That's a good sign because it says look, I'm listening, we need to know something about this.
"But she's been a member of the National Executive Committee (NEC) and as a member of the NEC she didn't support the IHRA definition of anti-Semitism which is supported by the vast majority of the Jewish community and is internationally supported.
"So, she's got some explaining to do there."