Iain Dale lambasts Boris Johnson after Starmer mobbing
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Sir Keir Starmer was leaving an event and heading back to the House of Commons when he was attacked by an angry mob who shouted slurs and accusations at him. Iain Dale pushed for Prime Minister Boris Johnson to apologise as he insisted the mob was the result of misleading comments the Prime Minister made about Sir Keir Starmer’s role in the failed prosecution of Jimmy Savile. The baseless claims caused major backlash from the public and MPs alike, with former close aide Munira Mirza resigning from her role citing the Savile comments as the main factor behind her decision.
The LBC host said: “That was the cacophony of the greeting of Sir Keir Starmer and David Lammy on the Embankment walking from an event back to the House of Commons.
“Thank goodness there were some police officers there because I dread to think what could have happened had they not been.
“I’ve spent the last thirty years of my life working in various environments, first of all running a political bookshop and publishing company, then I suppose mainly on LBC.
“Being a political commentator, trying to convince people that politics is a noble profession, that it can actually achieve something good, that most of the people that go into politics are in it for the right reasons.
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“And then you get a Prime Minister of this country going into the House of Commons and deliberately casting a slur on the leader of the opposition.
“Something that he knows is not true, who can defend that?”
Mr Dale added: “There can’t surely be a Tory MP that can defend that tonight.
“I want Boris Johnson to march down to the House of Commons, maybe he should run the gauntlet of protestors as well.
Sir Keir Starmer bundled into a police car outside Parliament
“Run, go to the House of Commons tonight and apologise for what he said, and most of all I’d actually like him to mean it, that would be a nice change wouldn’t it.”
Mr Johnson sparked fury with his comments in the Commons: “The report does absolutely nothing to substantiate the issue of nonsense that he has said. Absolute nonsense.
“Instead, this leader of the opposition, a former director of public prosecution, who used his time prosecuting journalists and failing to prosecute Jimmy Savile, as far as I can see, he chose to use this moment to continually pre-judge a police inquiry.
“He has reached his conclusions about it. I am not going to reach any conclusions and he would be entirely wrong to do so.
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“I have complete confidence in the police, I hope that they will be allowed simply to get on with their job and don’t propose to offer any more commentary about it and I don’t believe that he should either.”
Reacting to the mob attack, Labour’s shadow employment minister Justin Madders said: “The Leader of the Opposition harassed by a mob shouting ‘paedophile’ and other slurs because the Prime Minister repeated a far-right trope should give every Tory MP supporting Johnson cause to consider not only who their leader is but what kind of country they want to live in.”
A statement by the Metropolitan Police said: “Shortly after 5.10 pm on Monday, February 7, a man who had been surrounded by a group of protesters near to New Scotland Yard, was taken away from the scene by a police car.
“A man and a woman were arrested at the scene for assault of an emergency worker after a traffic cone was thrown at a police officer.
“They have been taken into custody.”
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