Keir Starmer hecklers 'dramatise his battle' says host
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BBC’s chief political correspondent Adam Fleming praised Keir Starmer’s speech at Labour’s annual conference, saying he saw a more “emotional” Labour leader. He also believed that the hecklers disrupting Sir Keir’s speech may have actually played into his hands and strengthened his performance.
The chief political correspondent said: “You know what, it’s making me think of the new James Bond film- we’ve had to wait a few years for it to finally arrive.
“It’s quite long but it’s going to get good reviews.”
The host responded: “Did Keir Starmer show himself to be a prime minister in waiting?”
Mr Fleming said: “We saw a funnier Keir Starmer, a Keir Starmer who is better at rhetoric.
“We saw a more emotional Keir Starmer.
“So we definitely learned a lot more about him, and we saw him handle those hecklers pretty well.
“And I think he and his team will actually be counterintuitively really pleased that he got heckled because you know what it does- It dramatises the fight he’s been having behind the scenes at this conference all week.”
He continued: “Which is to push out what he would call the far-left, the supporters of Jeremy Corbyn.
“And Jeremy Corbyn supporters and sympathisers who did the heckling dramatised that for him.”
Sir Keir’s first conference speech as Labour Party leader was marred by repeated interruptions by hecklers.
However, he brushed them away by saying “shouting slogans or changing lives, conference?”
This earned him cheers from the audience.
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He also hit out at the government and referenced his parents throughout.
“I think he’s a showman with nothing left to show, I think he’s a trickster who has performed his one trick.”
The Labour leader also promised that Labour will “always fund the NHS properly”.
He added: “Labour will guarantee that support will be available in less than a month.”
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