Keir Starmer branded boring by GMB star as Labour row erupts

Adil Ray jokes that Kate Garraway smells like ‘fish’

Good Morning Britain presenters Adil Ray and Kate Garraway were joined by Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer on Thursday morning.

However, their conversation quickly turned sour as Ray jibed at Starmer about his party’s controversial attack ads.

An advert which was posted last week saw claimed Prime Minister Rishi Sunak does not think child sex abusers should go to prison.

This claim has been widely criticised by members of the Conservative and Labour Parties, with Barry Gardiner, who was shadow trade secretary under Jeremy Corbyn being one of them.

He warned against engaging in a “brutal slugging match of abuse, oversimplification and cheap slogans”.

Since then, Starmer has defended the advert for “highlighting the failures” of the government and was today questioned about his tactics.

Ray began: “I think people saw you, Sir Keir, as the antidote to the politicians we’ve had in the past; maybe a little bit normal, maybe a little bit boring.”

Garraway and Starmer burst into laughter as Ray continued: “Maybe they do and maybe that’s what we need. I’m going, to be honest with you.”

Giggling over the quip, Starmer attempted to say: “I feel like I need to interrupt you,” but Ray continued his line of questioning.

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“People will now say these attack ads are putting you in that camp and actually you’re not different to what we’ve had before.”

Starmer replied: “Well actually I don’t think there’s anything wrong with, and I support, a brutal attack on the government’s record on criminal justice, they’ve broken the system.”

The Labour leader explained he was shocked that only 1.6 out of every 100 rape cases make it to court, branding the statistic as “terrible”.

Still reeling, Ray stated that Tory party members have, in retaliation, claimed Starmer “cares more about bashing” Sunak than helping nurses, and asked: “Would you accept that?”

Starmer replied: “Look, they’ve put a lot worse out than that about me every day,” before Garraway commented: “They’ve never said you might be boring though like Adil did, though, have they? That was an attack ad.”

When quizzed about the adverts, Rishi Sunak hit back at Labour’s attack and said politicians should offer “less talk, more action”.

Good Morning Britain airs weekdays from 6am on ITV.

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