Even his most impassioned devotees would probably admit that Sir Keir Starmer is hardly a byword for excitement.
But last week the Labour leader revealed he had been a ‘bit of a lad’ at school and had got into trouble for fighting.
The revelation about a boy remembered as a ‘model pupil’ left former pupils and teachers from Reigate Grammar School in Surrey scratching their heads.
The party leader had told LBC radio presenter Nick Ferrari: ‘I did get a detention.’
He added that it was for ‘fighting’. However, asked whom he fought, Sir Keir said: ‘I can’t remember, but they were always around the back of the sheds.’