Starmer told to leave pub over lockdown policies

Brunilde Fioravanti
Aprile 20, 2021

Video footage posted on social media showed Rod Humphris, the landlord of The Raven pub, shouting at Starmer to leave.

Sir Keir later told journalists the vast majority of people recognise the lockdown was necessary and that we need to come "slowly and carefully" out of it so we never go back into another one.

The pub has tweeted that there was "no intention to hijack Keir Starmer's visit to Bath" and that Mr Humphris' views "are his own".

Sir Keir said he "profoundly disagreed" with Mr Humphris, who then got in to an altercation with a security guard as he told Sir Keir: "Get out of my pub".

Mr Humphris later told PA news agency that Sir Keir had failed to hold the Government to account over coronavirus restrictions, and instead had just "accepted" lockdown and the "loss" of freedoms. He has completely failed to ask the questions that needed asking, like, why did we throw away our previous pandemic preparedness?

The Labour leader, who was wearing a black face mask while inside, left the pub following the confrontation, accompanied by members of his team.

After the incident, Humphris, 54, told PA Media why he ejected Sir Keir from his pub.

Starmer was ordered to leave The Raven in the picturesque city of Bath, Somerset, by angry publican Rod Humphris on Monday.

Things turned sour as Sir Keir and his team tried to enter The Raven, in Queen Street, as part of a pre-arranged visit to film inside.

The co-owner, Tim Perry, has since apologised to Labour.

Humphries, who said he was a lifelong Labour voter, harangued Starmer for leading his party's MPs voting for COVID-19 lockdown restrictions, charging: "You have failed this country".

"So I really don't need lectures from you about this pandemic", Mr Starmer could be heard saying.

The tweets said: "A clip circulating online shows Keir Starmer being confronted by someone spreading risky misinformation about the Covid-19 pandemic".

"We will not be amplifying it".

During what was supposed to be a routine trip to Somerset to visit independent traders in the region today, Keir Starmer and his team chose to stop off at a local pub for a pint.

Labour added that Mr Starmer spoke to him afterwards and argued that "restrictions - while painful - have been absolutely necessary to save lives".

Pubs are allowed to serve customers outside after an easing of England's coronavirus lockdown last Monday.

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