Planned appearance at Institute for Government cancelled without explanation as critics conclude Labour leader avoiding tough questions
Labour leader Keir Starmer has cancelled a planned appearance today – apparently without explanation – at the Institute for Government.
The cancellation comes after a weekend of intense pressure over Starmer’s ‘beergate’ social and the party’s u-turn last week on deputy Angela Rayner’s presence at the event, which a leaked document shows the party knew all about but had originally denied – and Labour’s failure to make any headway in England against a Tory party that lost hundreds of seats. Labour came a distant fifth with only a paltry gain of 11 seats, far behind the Greens, LibDems, independents and even the tiny new Aspire party that only stood candidates in a single London borough (Tower Hamlets, where it took both the council and the mayor’s role from Starmer’s right-wingers). Left-run Welsh Labour made six times the paltry gains Starmer managed, despite Wales having far less than a tenth of England’s population.
The cancellation is being seen by Starmer’s many critics as a decision to hide from scrutiny and difficult questions.
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