Keir Starmer refers to Boris Johnson as a ‘tool’ during speech
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The Labour leader’s comments came as Sir Keir told the audience how his father worked as a toolmaker and was a dedicated professional which is where he claimed his belief in hard work and desire to join the Labour Party is rooted. And in a backhanded swipe at Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Sir Keir suggested his father Stanley Johnson could be considered a “toolmaker” himself.
He told the audience: “My dad was a toolmaker.
“Although in a way, so was Boris Johnson’s!”
His comments sparked raucous applause as Labour’s Deputy Leader Angela Rayner could be seen in fits of laughter.
It comes as Ms Rayner herself made a series of controversial comments about the Prime Minister at a fringe event at the party conference on Saturday.
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Speaking at the event, Ms Rayner hammered: “We cannot get any worse than a bunch of scum, homophobic…
“Racist, misogynistic, absolute vile…
“Banana republic, vile, nasty, Etonian … piece of scum.”
She added that she had “held back a little” with the comments which have sparked furious calls for her to apologise which she says will only happen when Mr Johnson apologises for comments made about LGBTQ+ and BAME communities.
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Mr Starmer continued in his speech remarking how his dad was a toolmaker in a factory who worked on a shop floor “all his life”.
He added how his father’s profession “gave me a deep respect for the dignity of work.”
Sir Keir went on to quote from the Anglo-American author W.H. Auden about the importance of work as he highlighted the differences between him and Mr Johnson.
But his speech has been plagued by heckles from members of the audience who have shouted anything from former party leader Jeremy Corbyn taglines to anti-Brexit slams.
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Sir Keir has attempted to fend off the shouts as he branded “usually its the Tories who are heckling” him.
One protester was also removed from the event by security shortly before the Labour leader started his speech as they sang “oh Jeremy Corbyn” and donned a Palestinian flag outfit.
Starmer was even heckled when talking about his dying mother by another furious member of the audience.
The Labour leader is using his speech to break away from the Jeremy Corbyn-era of Labour and will claim his party is “back in business”. It will be the most important political speech of his career and he will aim to show that Labour is capable of tackling the big issues facing Britain including climate change and recovery from the pandemic.
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