Keir Starmer brands Boris Johnson a 'tool' in brutal conference slapdown

The Labour leader was raring to mock the Prime Minister as he said ‘my dad was a tool maker in a factory, in a sense so was Boris Johnson’s dad’

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Starmer says Johnson is a ‘trickster who has performed his one trick’

Sir Keir Starmer belittled Boris Johnson in his first keynote speech, mocking the Prime Minister as “trivial”, a “trickster” and a “tool”.

The Labour leader appeared to suggest that he pitied the PM as he directly compared their working life highlights.

Sir Keir insisted it was too easy to brand Mr Johnson a “bad man”, instead he said “I think he is a trival man… a showman with nothing left to show”.

“I think he’s a trickster who has performed his one trick,” he added.

Speaking at a packed Labour Conference hall in Brighton, Sir Keir told delegates about his work on Stephen Lawrence’s case, and his efforts to jail terrorists.

At the same time, Sir Keir claimed Mr Johnson had been using his Telegraph columns to declare war on traffic cones.

“I’ve spent my entire working life trying to get justice done,” he told conference.

Sir Keir Starmer embraces the audience givin ghis Labour Party conference speech


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“When, in the autumn of 2010, I was the Chief Prosecutor working with Doreen Lawrence to finally get a prosecution of two of the men who murdered Stephen, Boris Johnson was writing an article in The Telegraph declaring a war on traffic cones.

“And when this country was threatened by terrorists who were trying to bring down planes with liquid bombs, I spent the summer of 2010 helping to put those terrorists behind bars where they could no longer pose a danger to British citizens.

“While I was doing that, what were you doing Mr Johnson? You were writing a piece defending your right not to wear a cycle helmet.”

The Labour leader appeared confident and embraced the hecklers responding to their yells at various times.

At one point when talking about his hard working tool maker dad, he said: “I am not from a privileged background.

“My dad was a tool maker in a factory. In a sense so was Boris Johnson’s dad.”

The audience got out of their seats to give him a standing ovation as he told others shouting during his speech “This time next week it will be the tories that are heckling me.

“It doesn’t bother me then and it doesn’t bother me now.”

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