Yesterday Skwawkbox covered Keir Starmer’s planned ‘secret’ speech in Liverpool on Monday morning, where he will speak to an audience of paying business owners and media – taking questions only from journalists, according to a confidential ‘operational’ note.
Starmer is widely unpopular across the region after writing for the Murdoch S*n and saying he would do it again, as well as waging war on local members and their democracy. Labour has seen sharp falls in its vote share since and lost a large part of its council presence who left the party rather than collude in cuts imposed by the Tories’ commisioners, whom Starmer along with his allies on Merseyside welcomed.
The event page has now been removed from the business group’s website, no doubt in reaction to the anger of many who are planning to picket the venue after news broke. But Starmer is also scheduled to appear on BBC Radio Merseyside for a live phone-in on the station’s 5pm drive-time programme:
Given the response he is likely to receive from the many who are outraged at his alliance with the S*n – with his front-benchers writing for the rag as well as Starmer himself – and his other abuses of the city, a live phone-in is foolhardy.
However, those who want to make it onto the airwaves will probably need to exercise some creativity, as the programme’s producers will no doubt have been told to prevent those with awkward questions or comments getting through.
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