Labour Party members have been left uncertain over Keir Starmer’s stance on The Sun newspaper, after an interview this afternoon.
The Holborn and St Pancras MP sat down in conversation with Ayesha Hazarika today at the Fabian Society’s 2020 New Year conference.
At the first of the leadership hustings events in Liverpool this morning, the candidate had stated: “I certainly won’t be giving any interviews to The Sun during the course of this campaign.”
But Hazarika suggested that he would need some of their readers to become Prime Minister. Pushed for clarification he replied: “Well, let’s get to be leader first and then you can come back and ask me again.”
A source for Starmer said: “There was no rowing back. He was talking in the context of a hostile media environment and the awful treatment by The Sun of people in Liverpool. He then reiterated his commitment, as he stated at the hustings, to not giving an interview to The Sun during the campaign.”