Keir Starmer is facing questions today after removing his remembrance poppy before making a video attacking islamophobia against British Muslims, despite wearing one hours beforehand at a speech on Gaza.
The Labour leader proudly wore the red flower in his lapel on Tuesday morning as he repeated his opposition to a ceasefire in the bloody conflict between Israel and Hamas.
But in the video filmed hours later it was missing from his suit jacket as he made a statement for Islamophobia Awareness Month.
Amid anger from Labour members, many of them Muslim, over his stance on the fighting in the Middle East, he said that a resent ‘surge’ in Islamophobia in the UK was ‘devastating’.
A Labour spokeswoman said: ‘It was absolutely not a deliberate decision, and is in no way linked to the content of the video.’
But former British Army officer turned explorer Levison Wood said: ‘Keir Starmer should explain why he has worn a poppy in front of one group of people, but taken it off in front of another.