Board of Deputies President questions Rebecca Long-Bailey’s ‘suitability for the role’ as Shadow Education Secretary after ‘pathetic’ response to criticism that she had shared a false conspiracy theory

Board of Deputies President Marie van der Zyl has condemned Shadow Education Secretary Rebecca Long-Bailey for re-tweeting and praising an interview containing the conspiracy theory that Israel played a part in the death of George Floyd.

Marie said: “As soon as we saw that Rebecca Long-Bailey had shared this we wrote to her detailing how this conspiracy theory is false and requesting she delete her tweet and issue an apology. Rebecca Long-Bailey’s response is frankly pathetic. As someone who aspires to be the next Education Secretary, we would expect her to read and understand materials before sharing them. If she is incapable of doing this, it raises serious and immediate questions about her suitability for the role.”

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