With local elections taking place up and down the country this week, Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer appeared in the BBC Breakfast studio for the first time this year to discuss his party’s push for votes. However, with a number of polls showing Labour lagging behind the Conservatives, with results in Hartlepool an area of particular concern for Mr Starmer, Minchin was keen to hear whether a disappointing outcome would lead to his resignation. But despite being asked twice, Mr Starmer failed to provide a clear answer, leaving many at home rather annoyed.
The moment came when Minchin pulled Mr Starmer up on a quote he said earlier this week about taking “full responsibility” for the local election results no matter what.
“You said you’d take full responsibility ‘whatever the outcome’, what do you mean by that and if, for example, you lost Hartlepool, where does that leave you, would you resign?” Minchin asked.
Mr Starmer replied: “Well, I do take full responsibility for these elections, just as I take full responsibility for everything the Labour Party does under my leadership.
“That is exactly the same approach I took as Director of Public Prosecutions for five years, running the Crown Prosecution Service.”Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
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BBC Breakfast: Keir Starmer and Louise Minchin irk viewers (Image: BBC)
BBC Breakfast: Keir Starme appeared live in the studio (Image: BBC)
Delving further into his time at the CPS, Mr Starmer continued: “Where we did well, I got the plaudits.
“Where we didn’t do well, I took responsibility - I think that’s what leadership is.
“What I will not be doing after these elections is pointing around to other people, I will take responsibility.”
Clearly dissatisfied with the answer, Minchin tried once more for a concrete answer about the possibility of resigning if the elections don’t go Labour’s way.