Starmer says UK at ‘critical moment’ in fight against Omicron
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Sir Keir Starmer, 59, took to the nation’s TV screens to implore Brits to receive their booster vaccine and get behind the Government’s Plan B coronavirus strategy, as set out by Boris Johnson, 57. But the Leader of the Opposition appeared to ruffle a few feathers when he, winged by a Union flag, called the Labour Party patriotic.
Mr Starmer said: “We are a patriotic party, and it’s our patriotic duty to vote for these measures to ensure that they go through.
“In doing so we are supporting the NHS and supporting our country.”
The Holborn & St Pancras MP added: “The Labour Party that I lead will always act in Britain’s best interests.”
Ex-Daily Express political editor and UKIP MEP Patrick O’Flynn, 56, took to social media to vent his frustration with Mr Starmer.
Mr O’Flynn told his 69,000 Twitter followers: “Took the knee in solidarity with the people who defaced Churchill’s statue and the Cenotaph.
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“Helped divisive US ID politics get seeded across the UK.
“Strange definition of a patriot.”
Mr O’Flynn’s comments come just as Mr Starmer has taken a massive poll lead over the Prime Minister.
Labour have registered leads over the Tory Party in 10 consecutive opinion polls.
In the most recent survey by Redfield & Wilton Strategies, the Labour lead stood at 5 percent.
Ex-Brexit Party candidate and GB News contributor Calvin Robinson also voiced his frustration with Mr Starmer’s attempt to depict the Labour Party as patriotic.
In response to his comments, Mr Robinson said: “None of those statements are true.”
Other users on Twitter, including @Capta1n_Cat, pointed out how Mr Starmer’s position on Brexit could be used to expose his limited patriotic credentials.
“Red Wall voters will see straight through Keir Starmer’s claim to be a patriot,” he said.
“This is a man who spent three years failing to overturn a referendum vote by British citizens to leave the EU.
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“He should have displayed the EU flag in tonight’s party political broadcast.”
Mr Starmer campaigned for a second referendum as Labour’s Remain-supporting Shadow Brexit Secretary.
However, after the Labour Party was thumped in the 2019 general election and since Mr Starmer won the race to succeed Jeremy Corbyn, 72, in April 2020, the ex-head of the Crown Prosecution Service confirmed the party would not drag the UK back into the Brussels bloc.
Mr Starmer instead pledged to bring Brexit Britain closer to the EU than it currently is under Mr Johnson’s deal.
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