PM urged to apologise for ‘false claim’ after protesters surround Starmer
Boris Johnson has been urged to apologise for ‘false claims’ after Sir Keir Starmer and MP David Lammy were swarmed by protesters.
This comes after Boris Johnson’s accused Starmer of “failing to prosecute Jimmy Saville” in Parliament.
He has since faced opposition from PMs who urge him to apologise for his comments.
On Monday, the pair were targeted by crowds shouting abuse and chanting the words ‘traitor’ as they travelled with a police escort.
A video has since emerged showing the incident taking place.
Intimidation, harassment and lies have no place in our democracy. And they won’t ever stop me doing my job. pic.twitter.com/Io4JBJoHfQ
— David Lammy (@DavidLammy) February 7, 2022
Shadow Foreign Secretary and MP for Tottenham David Lammy shared the video via Twitter with the caption: “No surprise the conspiracy theorist thugs who harassed Keir Starmer & I repeated slurs we heard from Boris Johnson last week at the despatch box.
“Intimidation, harassment and lies have no place in our democracy. And they won’t ever stop me doing my job.”
Responding to the incident, Rosena Allin-Khan, Labour’s Shadow Mental Health minister, said “words have consequences” and called on the prime minister to apologise.
Sir Keir himself described the comments as “a ridiculous slur, peddled by right-wing trolls”.
In a tweet, Johnson condemned the harassment as “absolutely disgraceful” and ” completely unacceptable”, but despite calls to, he has not apologised for any part he might have played in events.
He said: “the behaviour directed at the Leader of the Opposition tonight is absolutely disgraceful.
“All forms of harassment of our elected representatives are completely unacceptable. I thank the police for responding swiftly.”
At least seen of Boris Johnson’s own MPs have linked the incident to the PM’s comment and demanded the prime minister say sorry.
But a No 10 source said it was unreasonable to suggest that what happened “was Boris’s fault and not the mob’s fault”.
What do you think? Should Boris Johnson apologise for the comments he made?
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