Keir Starmer faces backlash after writing article for The Sun

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Furious Labor MPs in Merseyside turned him on after writing an article for Keir StarmerSun.

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MPs accused the Labor leader of betraying Liverpool and said he was “not fit” to lead the party following the publication of an opinion in the tabloids, which was widely discussed in the aftermath of the 1989 Hillsborough disaster on Merseyside. Coverage was boycotted.

Sir Keir promised not to give interviews to the newspaper during his leadership campaign in the city in January 2020.


Liverpool West Derby MP Ian Byrne said Hillsborough victims, survivors and the city’s families would feel “deeply betrayed” by the “trash-covered”. Mr Bayern, himself a supporter of the Reds who played an FA Cup semi-final clash with Nottingham Forest that killed 97 Liverpool fans, said anyone writing for the paper was “fit to become Labor leader”. was not.

Liverpool Riverside Labor MP Kim Johnson said he felt “deeply angry” and wrote to Sir Keir asking him to come to Liverpool to meet the families of those killed and the survivors.

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Liverpool Wavetree Labor MP Paula Barker wrote on Twitter: “I don’t subscribe to the idea that to win the election we need to have a relationship with Rip – it’s 2021 not 1997. He doesn’t. My name is Pokemon.”

“Nevertheless, I apologize to everyone in my town, especially the Hillsborough families and survivors.”

Liverpool City Region Mayor Steve Rotherham said: “My position on that (supposed) newspaper and the Labor politicians associated with it has not changed.

“This article published today has surprisingly upset a lot of people in my area. S*n is not and will never be welcome here.

“I’ve been in contact with Keir to reiterate my position and to express the disappointment I and many others feel.”

Directly elected mayor of Liverpool Joan Anderson said Labor should “never have to deal with this paper.”

Pro-Liverpool groups and Hillsborough survivors also spoke out over the article, which they described as a “kick in the teeth”.

“It is hard to take. The lies in S*n are part of the reason survivors are still struggling and we have lost so much over the years. We will never forgive and never forget,” Hillsborough Survivors Support Alliance said.

Sir Keir has previously acknowledged the pain the newspaper has caused by its coverage of the Hillsborough disaster.

“This City Has Been Wounded By The Media – The Sun” [has] Hurt this city,” he said in Liverpool during the Labor leadership campaign. “I certainly won’t give any interviews Sun during this campaign.”

But this week he wrote for the paper in an opinion piece criticizing Boris Johnson on the “chaos” the shortage of HGV drivers has wreaked on Britain.

Merseyside boycott sun cAfter Emme published the infamous lie on a front page titled “The Truth”, with drunk Liverpool fans accusing him of disaster.

After a campaign of justice that spanned three decades, the victims’ families and survivors were upheld in 2016 when a jury in the investigation unanimously ruled that fans were killed illegally and that Liverpool supporters had lined up with Leppings Lane in Hillsborough. Played no part in the fatal crush in the end. Ground on 15 April 1989.

Sun A front-page apology came in 2012 in the wake of the Hillsborough Granthshala Panel report that led to the 2016 investigations, and again at the conclusion of those investigations.


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