Keir Starmer: arrests after protesters surround Labour leader
Two people have been arrested after clashes between protesters and police protecting Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer.
Sir Keir was taken away by car near Parliament shortly after 17:00 GMT on Monday. This after surrounded by a group of demonstrators. Shadow Foreign Secretary, David Lammy, also caught up with the crowd.
Police rescued Labour leader from anti-vaxxers shouting ‘traitor’ and ‘Jimmy Savile’. This days after PM’s smear of Starmer in parliament
Several politicians have raised concerns over safety.
Labour has not commented – but it is understood Sir Keir returned safely back to his office. He was not harmed during the incident.
In a tweet, Prime Minister Boris Johnson condemned the “absolutely disgraceful” behaviour directed at Sir Keir. He thanked police for “responding swiftly”.
Mr Johnson heavily criticised for making a false claim that Sir Keir failed to prosecute serial sex offender Savile when he was director of public prosecutions.
The prime minister made the remark in parliament last Monday as he was grilled by MPs. This over the findings of an interim report on Downing Street parties held during Covid restrictions.
Mr Johnson sought to clarify his remarks last week, insisting the Labour leader “had nothing to do personally” with the decision not to prosecute Savile.
“I was making a point about his responsibility for the organisation as a whole,” Mr Johnson said.
What are your thoughts on this story? Is it an issue gone too far? Should Boris have made the Savile comment? Will he survive his MPs reaction? Boris’s leadership is in a shaky situation. Will he be PM much longer?
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