By Joe Harker
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer caused a stir when he sacked shadow education secretary Rebecca Long-Bailey, his primary rival for the party leadership and seen as the leader of the pro-Corbyn faction.
Long-Bailey shared an article which featured an interview with the actor Maxine Peake where she said police linked with the death of George Floyd had learned their neck kneeling tactics from Israel.
Peake apologised for making "incorrect assumptions" with her claim, which was accused of containing an anti-semitic element.
Starmer had asked Long-Bailey to delete her tweet which shared the interview with Peake, describing the actor as an "absolute diamond", but the shadow education secretary did not, and found herself gone from the shadow cabinet.
Was the Labour leader right to sack Long-Bailey, or did he make a mistake?
Former Labour leader Ed Miliband said Starmer was right to sack Long-Bailey, saying it was a demonstration that the party was getting serious on tackling anti-semitism.
He said Long-Bailey had made a "significant error of judgment" and by not following her leader's instruction to delete the tweet sharing the Peake interview she had missed her chance not to be sacked.
If you do something bad enough for your party leader to order you into a reversal and don't follow their instructions then it's hard to argue you shouldn't be sacked. Starmer can't have a shadow cabinet member ignore one of his orders without punishment.
From a more cynical perspective, it looks like the Labour leader has booted the "Corbyn continuity candidate" out of his shadow cabinet and cemented that the party is under his control.
The left wing of an already left wing party used to run the party and perhaps hoped they would still have a strong influence on Labour even if it was Starmer in the leader's role, instead they have been increasingly moved to the side and shown the influence they wielded under Corbyn is gone.
The Counter Claim:
Some have stepped up to defend Long-Bailey and criticise Starmer, with fingers pointed at the Labour leader carrying the accusation that the shadow education secretary was sacked for less than others have done.
Figures on the left wing of Labour have criticised their new leader for getting rid of Long-Bailey, with MPs including Corbyn and his former shadow chancellor John McDonnell expressing their concerns.
Len McCluskey, general secretary of the Unite union, called Starmer's decision "an unnecessary over-reaction to a confected row" and claimed it would threaten the unity of the Labour party.
It was always likely that the left wing of the Labour party was going to hit out at Starmer's leadership at some point.
Starmer is standing by his decision and has already picked a replacement, so for now it looks like Long-Bailey will be on the backbenches.
Polling from YouGov indicates more people think Starmer got it right than wrong, with 47 per cent siding with the Labour leader and just 12 per cent saying he made the wrong call, the remaining 41 per cent falling into the "don't know" category.