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Sir Keir Starmer has told friends he will sack Rachel Reeves if she steps out of line.

Labour is on course for a so-called supermajority if the polls are accurate, increasing the potential for the left to make trouble for the leader.

Allies quizzed him on how he would respond to MPs who caused him problems and were told they would be out.

Asked if that rule applied to the shadow chancellor, his closest political colleague, a source said Sir Keir said “yes, even Rachel”.

Separately, senior Labour figures discussed plotting to oust Sir Lindsay Hoyle from his role as Commons Speaker if the party wins a so-called supermajority.

Sir Lindsay faced a backlash after appearing to bend the rules to let Labour off the hook over a controversial Gaza vote.

The embattled Speaker was left fighting for his job after more than 90 MPs backed a motion of no confidence in him following a “stitch up” that benefitted Sir Keir Starmer.

Sir Lindsay apologised and insisted he had only ignored official advice because he was concerned for the safety of MPs after a series of protests and threats.

Senior Tories warned Sir Lindsay’s botched handling of a contentious Gaza vote showed the Commons was being “cowed” by Islamist extremists.

A Labour frontbencher said despite the Speaker’s unpopularity on the Conservatives benches over his handling of the vote, he was weakened so could not take the party on in the same way.

Speakers have to be re-elected on the first Commons sitting day after a general election and since 1992, the convention has been to choose a Speaker from the opposition party.

But the frontbencher said if the party had been considering ditching Sir Lindsay and picking another Labour MP if it won a big majority to wind up Tories.

The idea was floated in Labour circles in May, before the election was called.



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