I’ve kissed a Tory and I’m not ashamed, Keir Starmer reveals | Keir Starmer

Keir Starmer has tried to disclose slightly extra about himself, confessing that he has damaged the “by no means kiss a Tory rule” and that he’s not ashamed.

The Labour social gathering chief stated he was “not tribal” when it got here to private relationships and politics as a result of he entered the political scene comparatively late in life. Talking to Instances Radio, he steered solely individuals within the political bubble had been targeted on sustaining division.

Requested about different Labour figures who put on “by no means kissed a Tory” badges, Starmer stated: “I’m afraid I’ve damaged that rule. I’m not tribal. I’m on superb phrases with many Tory MPs. I’m not ashamed about it and I’ve acquired superb pals who’re Tories and so they’ve been very, superb pals of mine for a really, very very long time, and lengthy could that final.”

Over the summer time, Lucy Powell, a member of Starmer’s shadow cupboard, confronted criticism after she was pictured sporting a T-shirt with the phrase “by no means kissed a Tory” at Manchester satisfaction.

The Tory MP Sara Britcliffe complained that the phrase created a way of “us versus them”, whereas James Cleverly, then the schooling secretary, joked that if Powell had requested properly then “one [Tory] will say sure finally”.

Starmer described his makes an attempt to maintain life “as regular as doable” for his household and stated he did his finest to spend time together with his youngsters.

He stated: “I don’t need to be the person in 10 years’ time saying ‘I want I’d spent extra time with my youngsters’. I’ve acquired a rule of a tough cease on a Friday at 6pm. I received’t be doing any work; I’ll be at residence.”