Elections 2021: anger from Labour MPs after Angela Rayner sacked as chair – live
In Wales, Natasha Asghar has become the first woman from a black, Asian and minority ethnic background to be elected to the Senedd.
She follows her late father, Mohammad Asghar, who was also a member of the Senedd until he died in 2020. He was the first person from a BAME background to be elected to the assembly, as it was then called.
Like her father, Asghar, who is of Pakistani heritage, has become a Conservative member for the the South Wales East region. She told ITV News it felt “absolutely amazing” to be the first BAME female MS. “To be the first woman is just incredible,” she said.
The Electoral Reform Society Wales welcomed the moment but expressed concern it had taken so long and pointed out that the number of female MSs is down to 26 from 29 prior to the 2021 election.
The Welsh Conservative Senedd leader, Andrew RT Davies, said he was “thrilled” that Asghar had made history.
Keir Starmer has sacked Angela Rayner from her roles as Labour’s party chair and national campaign coordinator, after the humiliating loss of the Hartlepool byelection.
The worse-than-expected defeat in Hartlepool, which saw the Conservatives take the seat with a majority of almost 7,000, shocked Starmer’s team and led to recriminations at the top of the party.
Rayner’s status as deputy Labour leader is safe as that is a directly-elected post. But the move has reignited Labour’s civil war, as MPs and activists reacted with shock and dismay.
Published at Sat, 08 May 2021 19:56:29 +0000
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