Starmer defends Sue Gray appointment after partygate probe questions

Sir Keir Starmer squirmed this morning as he was grilled for the first time on when he first approached senior civil servant Sue Gray to work for him. The Labour leader insisted there “was nothing in appropriate” in him making Gray his chief of staff but Tory MPs are demanding answers over whether the talks dated back to when she was investigating Boris Johnson and Partygate.

In his weekly Monday morning interview with Sunday Express columnist and LBC presenter Nick Ferrari, Starmer refused to be drawn on when talks began, heightening suspicions of possible collusion during the Partygate probe.

Mr Ferrari asked Sir Keir when he first approached Ms Gray and he answered: “I met her first when I director of public prosecutions, she was obviously a senior civil servant, I met a number of them.

“I was really impressed with her. So I have known her personally since then.”

Having said a year ago that she was a friend, he changed tackk today insising: “She is not a friend. I don’t mix socially with her.”

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