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Sir Keir Starmer is going through weird calls from his personal MPs to not use Britain’s nationwide flag on marketing campaign leaflets as a result of it’s “associated with the the far-right”.

The Labour chief, who got here out vocally lately in opposition to Nike’s choice to change the Cross of St George on the brand new England equipment, might be going through a revolt over the Union Jack, which represents the entire of the United Kingdom.

The Guardian experiences considerations over the flag had been raised by the occasion’s Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) group at Westminster throughout a current assembly.

An unnamed MP informed the paper placing the Union Flag on Labour leaflets could be “detrimental” to securing votes in University cities and in areas with higher ethnic range.

They mentioned: “I can see how it might work in some locations but it surely’s positively detrimental in college cities, and in closely BAME seats.

“For loads of communities we’re speaking about colors which are related to the National Front or one other far-right group.”

According to the Guardian “a number of colleagues” of the MP and activists had said they were refusing to distribute the patriotic leaflets in a sign of open revolt against Sir Keir in what will be an election year.

Responding to the report Home Secretary James Cleverly questioned the reasoning of the Labour Party members over their distrust of the national symbol.

Posting on X, formerly Twitter, this morning, Mr Cleverly wrote: “Some of Keir Starmer’s MPs don’t just like the Union Jack. Why?”

Reform UK’s deputy leader Ben Habib also made his views clear on X, writing “this tells you every little thing it’s essential know concerning the hijacking and breaking of our great nation”. He added Labour “must be ashamed of itself”.

The Union Jack, or Union Flag, was adopted in its current form more than 222 years ago and is a proud symbol of the nation on the world stage.

Commenting on Labour MPs and activists not wanting the flag on the party leaflets, one person quipped on X: “Yeah, no motive for a celebration working within the UK to place the UK flag on its flyer…what’s going on?

Another added: “Maybe they’d be happier with the Palestinian flag…?”

The Guardian mentioned a video despatched out to activists and organisers mentioned the flag “dominates” the occasion’s election branding, together with “Labour red”.

Abdi Duale, a member of Labour’s ruling National Executive Committee mentioned: “Britain’s strength is in its diversity and our communities are hugely proud of our nation and its flag.

“Labour is working a proudly progressive and patriotic marketing campaign that celebrates all our communities and that features utilizing our flag.”