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Has Keir Starmer lost control over strikes?

12 min listen

This morning, Lisa Nandy defied party orders by joining a picket line in Wigan to support striking BT and Openreach staff. This comes after last week, Keir Starmer sacked Sam Tarry MP, who went on an unauthorised media round at an RMT picket line. Similarly, Labour’s biggest union, Unite, threatened to pull all funding from the party over the Labour leader’s refusal to back strike action. Is Keir Starmer losing control over his party?

Also on the podcast, what’s the latest on the Liz Truss vs Rishi Sunak leadership contest?

Max Jeffery is joined by Isabel Hardman and James Forsyth.

Produced by Natasha Feroze.


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