A landlord, angry about the Covid-19 coronavirus lockdown restrictions, ordered Sir Keir Starmer to leave his pub during a physical fight when the Labor leader was visiting Bath today.
Rod Humphris, landlord of The Raven in Bath city center, appeared to be held back by members of Sir Keir’s security team when he yelled “This man is banned from my pub” and “Get out of my pub” to the opposition.
The incident on Monday was captured by reporters during a visit by Sir Keir to the city to support the subway mayoral candidate in the west of England, Dan Norris, ahead of the upcoming elections.
As for the reason he asked Sir Keir to leave, Mr. Humphris later told the PA news agency, “I heard the Labor Party was coming and he showed up and I told him basically what I thought of him.
“I think he completely abandoned us as opposition leaders. He completely neglected to ask the questions that needed to be asked, such as why did we throw away our previous pandemic preparedness?
“Why did we just accept the ban? Why did we just accept the loss of all our freedoms? “
The 54-year-old, who said he disagreed with coronavirus bans, said: “He went to my pub without asking and I threw him out. At least I did my best to kick him out – his safety was in the way. “
It is believed that the Labor leader and his team had pre-arranged the visit to The Raven with a member of the pub.
Footage captured by reporters shows Sir Keir and Mr. Humphris speaking outside the pub prior to the confrontation, where the Labor leader apparently mentions frontline NHS staff.
“So I really don’t need any lectures from you about this pandemic,” Sir Keir was heard to say.
The Labor leader, who was wearing a black face mask inside, left the pub after the confrontation accompanied by members of his team.
Mr Humphris said he gave a “part of my thoughts” to Sir Keir and added, “I would say this to any politician – it is not a partisan thing.”
The Labor Party’s press office said on Twitter that it was “not reinforcing” footage of the Labor leader confronted.
The tweets read: “A clip posted online shows Keir Starmer confronted with someone who is spreading dangerous misinformation about the Covid-19 pandemic. We’re not going to reinforce it.
“Keir argued that our NHS staff worked tirelessly to protect public health and that restrictions, though painful, were absolutely necessary to save lives.”