Sir Keir Starmer was thrown out of a pub today after being confronted by a Labour-supporting landlord furious that he supported the lockdown which had closed his business for months. In astonishing scenes in Bath today, Rod Humphris, the lockdown-sceptic landlord of the Raven, had to be held back by the Opposition Leader’s security guards as he demanded he leave, shouting, ‘that man is not allowed in my pub’ and ‘get out of my pub’.
The incident was captured on camera by reporters amid a visit to the city to support West of England metro mayoral candidate Dan Norris ahead of the forthcoming elections. The bust-up comes as the Labour leader’s popularity among voters has plunged to its lowest level and Sir Keir’s Labour struggles in the polls – amid a surge in support for Boris Johnson’s Conservatives boosted by the vaccine rollout, with the Tories enjoying a 14-point poll lead.
Mr Humphris had clashed with Sir Keir outside the Raven, accusing him of having ‘failed to be the opposition’ by supporting the lockdown and backing plans to make schoolchildren wear masks.
As the politician paused the landlord waved a piece of paper at him, saying: ‘Do you know what the average age of death with Covid is?
‘According to the Office for National statistics it’s 82 years and three months. The average age of death normally? Eighty one years.