Robert Peston confronted shadow Brexit Secretary Sir Keir Starmer on his chances of successfully leading the Labour Party through an election after suggesting he lacks the "big personality" needed to win voters over. Sir Keir is one of the three remaining candidates in the Labour leadership contest with Rebecca Long-Bailey and Lisa Nandy hoping to succeed Jeremy Corbyn at the helm of the party. But the ITV political editor suggested the frontbencher does not share the personality traits endearing modern leaders to voters: "If you look at what you might call victors in this era of social media politics, they tend to be the big personalities – the Boris Johnsons, the Trumps, the Modis, the Macrons.
"Some people would see you as a politician from a slightly different era and you pride yourself with not playing that personality game.
"Does that mean it’s actually just impossible for somebody like you, who might win the leadership election, but what chance have you got in a general election if the people want that sort of personality?"
Sir Keir however dismissed the claims, insisting leaders could still win the support of voters "in different ways" rather than relying entirely on personality.
He said: "Throughout my life, I’ve seen a lot of different leaders leading in different ways.
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Robert Peston asked whether Keir Starmer could lead Labour through an election (Image: ITV/Peston)
Peston suggested social media presence played a key role in the last election (Image: ITV/Peston)
"You could really be effective in different ways and I just don’t buy into this idea that there is one type of leader that people want."
Asked about the role social media has had on luring in voters for Labour at the last election, Sir Keir added: "Of course, social media has had a massive impact. But if I look at the last general election, I don’t think it was social media that lost it.
"It was something much more fundamental than that, it was trust in the Labour Party as a force for good and a