Keir Starmer gives interview to Piers Morgan despite repeated bullying claims against the host

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Keir Starmer is set to discuss his childhood, career in law, and leading the Labour Party from his spare room in lockdown during an interview with Piers Morgan. He’s giving the interview to Morgan despite the repeated bullying claims levied against the ex-host of Good Morning Britain.

Life story

The Labour leader will sit down with the broadcaster for an hour-long episode of Life Stories, due to be filmed next month and expected to air on ITV in the coming months. It will be the first interview with a party leader on Life Stories since former tabloid editor Morgan interviewed Gordon Brown when he was prime minister in 2010.

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Starmer is expected to discuss his childhood in Surrey, his family life and move into politics from law, culminating in his appointment as Labour leader last April. Labour has been in turmoil since the by-election defeat in Hartlepool last week, with setbacks in council elections in England followed by a botched reshuffle.

Criticism

Several people have criticised Starmer for choosing to give the interview to Morgan:

Others pointed out that Starmer won’t associate with Muslims who support Palestinian-led efforts to end the apartheid of Palestine, but he will sit down with people like Morgan:

Morgan has repeatedly been accused of bullying people. In February, 1,200 television industry workers accused him of directing “targeted abuse” against a former colleague. He himself admitted to being a “bit of a bully” after imitating a guest’s voice.

In March this year, Morgan cast doubt on Meghan Markle having suicidal thoughts, saying:

I’m sorry, I don’t believe a word she says. I wouldn’t believe her if she read me a weather report.

The incident resulted in a record number of complaints to Ofcom. Morgan also stormed off set after receiving criticism from a colleague on air.

Many have accused the British press of racism against Markle, including 50% of journalists in one survey. In 2020, Starmer appointed Martin Forde QC to investigate leaked material which showed racism against Black MPs by Labour staffers. The release of this report has been delayed. In response to that, nine Black Labour MPs wrote:

Delaying the Forde inquiry and failing to provide a future date by which its findings will be published risks further doubling down on the impression that the party does not take issues of anti-black racism seriously.

The abuse contained within the [leaked] report and the issues it seeks to address are incredibly serious and must be part of our attempts to ensure the Labour party is an inclusive and tolerant place.

The fact that members who contributed to anti-black racism have been readmitted to the party is a cause of concern and this delay only adds to the anxiety.

A “real treat”

Regarding the interview with Starmer, Morgan said:

It’s very unusual for party political leaders to submit themselves to such lengthy personal interviews and I am delighted that Sir Keir has agreed to talk to me about his fascinating life.

It promises to be a memorable and very revealing Life Stories show.”

ITV’s head of entertainment, Katie Rawcliffe, said:

Sir Keir Starmer promises to be a real treat for our ITV audience.

Additional reporting and featured image via PA

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    1. According to youtube, there is 600hours of new content added to the site every minute, or thereabouts.

      Who in god’s name is even REMOTELY interested in this blang, grey, parasite of the globalists?

      The only people who will watch it are Tory attack dogs, in the wierd belief that this CFR non-entity in any way ‘leads a socialist movement’.

      In reality, he is merely a Tory Wet, and a war-mongering neoconservative.

      Anyone who votes for this putz will have the blood of whomever he decides to bomb on their conscience too.

    2. Keir Starmer is set to discuss his childhood, ” I fell asleep.”

      Piers Moron is bullying, ” I fell over laughing.”

      UK political party’s and the UK media have made OUR nation look stupid as the wealthy walk off into the sun (Cayman Island)…………

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