Jack McKenna, a former Jeremy Corbyn Associate, has been placed under investigation on suspicion of breach of personal data involving another Party staff member.
The investigation centered around a now-deleted tweet by a journalist, which referred to a row between Ian Murray, shadow Scotland secretary, and Labour’s policy chief, Claire Ainsley, about whether one of his colleagues was fired. Will go ,
Mr McKenna is accused of breaching ‘personal data’ by allegedly giving information about the controversy to the press – but his aides say there is no evidence for the claim.
Labor said investigation could not predict crime Times.
Mr McKenna, who is in charge of Ms Rainer’s media relations and writes her speech, denies the allegations.
He is now understood to be discussing with his trade union how members of the media came to know about his suspension.
It comes as allies of the deputy leader fear the move is politically motivated, amid claims that the relationship between Sir Keir Starmer and Angela Renner (pictured together) is now at ‘rock bottom’.
Mr McKenna looked at Ms Rainer in recent difficult times, including her apology for branding Tory lawmakers ‘scum’, as well as her reaction to the sledge and multiple death threats.
Ms Rainer reportedly asked her to take a few days off earlier this week, but it is unclear whether she was aware of her proposed suspension.
It comes as allies of the deputy leader fear the move is politically motivated, amid claims that the relationship between Sir Keir and Ms Rainer is now at ‘rock bottom’, after claims that they had made their surprise move. The reshuffle had left him ‘humiliated’ and ‘blind’. Labor’s shadow cabinet last week.
But the Leader of the Opposition has insisted that the pair have a good relationship.
‘We are friends. Let’s go. We talk a lot,’ he told the Times.
There are fears that Mr McKenna’s suspension threatens a civil war between the party’s left and liberal factions.
It comes after a grueling standoff in May, in which Sir Keir tried to strip Rainer of some of her shadow cabinet responsibilities – only for her to end up with more.
Mr McKenna was joining the line as Ms Rainer’s head of communications.
His suspension follows a rough week for the party, with leading moderates promoted to cabinet positions – including Wes Streeting, Bridget Phillipson and Lisa Nandy – while the likes of John Ashworth were demoted.
When contacted by the Times, the Labor Party and Mr McKenna declined to comment.
It comes as a senior party figure told The Mail on Sunday that advisers to Sir Keir had discussed the extraordinary move to abolish Ms Rainer’s post.
Jack McKenna, a former aide of Jeremy Corbyn, has been placed under investigation on suspicion of a personal data breach involving another Party staff member. He denies the allegations.
Ms Rainer’s aides also reacted in anger at the idea of removing the deputy leader’s “historic” post, calling it “brutal” and a “constitutional outrage”.
A leading leftist claimed that it showed that the North London The outspoken MP for Greater Manchester had ‘intimidated’ and ‘intimidated’ MP and barrister Sir Keir.
The MP said: ‘Even to talk of getting rid of the post of his deputy is an insult and an insult to party democracy.’
Moderate lawmakers hit back, saying it had just been two years since leftist allies of then-leader Jeremy Corbyn tried to abolish the deputy post to get rid of then-post-holder Tom Watson, who was critical of Mr Corbyn .
A senior party insider told the Mail on Sunday that the so-called ‘nuclear option’ of stepping down earlier this year had been revived – including a meeting with Sir Keir.
The idea was considered ‘very seriously’, he said, ‘because Keir would feel that he had actually tried to move on with Angie and it proved impossible.
The insider admitted the change was ‘probably impossible’ because it was ‘such an obviously personal talk’ against Ms Rainer.
He also warned that the plan, which would require support at the party convention, would never be supported by trade union leaders.
Last night, Sir Keir’s spokesman denied that there had been any discussion on abolishing the deputy leader position or plans to do so.