Angela Rayner’s former aide ‘given vital payout’ after media leaks | Politics

A former senior aide to Angela Rayner is believed to have been given a major payout by Labour after the occasion acknowledged there had been “deceptive and unauthorised leaks” about him to the media.

Labour stated Jack McKenna, the previous communications chief to the occasion’s deputy chief, was leaving of his personal accord and with a “clear document” and that Keir Starmer needs him properly for the longer term.

It comes virtually a 12 months after the information that McKenna had been suspended over an alleged knowledge breach regarding a member of workers – a improvement that was itself leaked earlier than he was knowledgeable.

Requested whether or not McKenna had been handed a major settlement after having realized of his suspension final 12 months via the media, the occasion declined to remark. McKenna additionally declined to remark.

The episode was seen on the time as an escalation of hostilities between Rayner and Starmer. It got here shortly after the Labour chief appeared to blindside Rayner by launching a reshuffle of his entrance bench whereas she gave a speech on plans for reforming requirements in public life.

He had additionally distanced himself from his deputy’s controversial remarks about “Tory scum” on the Labour convention in 2021.

A Labour assertion stated McKenna had determined to depart the occasion to “pursue new alternatives outdoors of politics”.

“Keir and Angela want to thank Jack for his onerous work and devoted service to the Labour Celebration and need him properly for the longer term,” it added. “We unreservedly condemn deceptive and unauthorised leaks about Jack to the media.

“In that context, we want to clarify that Jack leaves the Labour occasion with a clear document and with none disciplinary motion in opposition to him.”

Rayner thanked the “excellent adviser and a consummate skilled”.

“I wish to thank Jack for his onerous work, help and experience over the previous few years, together with via among the most difficult intervals that we’ve recognized in politics,” she stated.

“I look ahead to campaigning alongside him for the Labour authorities this nation desperately wants, and need him all one of the best in his future profession.”