Bolton born actress Maxine Peake has attempted to explain her comments in an interview with the Independent newspaper, which when retweeted by Salford MP Rebecca Long Bailey got her sacked from the Shadow Cabinet

The article stated that “The tactics used by the police in America, kneeling on George Floyd’s neck, that was learnt from seminars with Israeli secret services.” (A spokesperson for the Israeli police has denied this, stating that “there is no tactic or protocol that calls to put pressure on the neck or airway”.

Peake tweeted that “I feel it’s important for me to clarify that, when talking to The Independent, I was inaccurate in my assumption of American Police training & its sources. I find racism & antisemitism abhorrent & I in no way wished, nor intended, to add fodder to any views of the contrary.“



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