'Keir Starmer can't even tell you what a woman is': Fiery election debate erupts after Partygate row

Columnist Carole Malone said the thought of Sir Keir as Prime Minister 'makes me shiver with fear'

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Boris Johnson should remain Prime Minister because Labour Party leader Sir Keir Starmer “can’t even tell you what a woman is” according to columnist Carole Malone, who has backed Mr Johnson despite his Partygate fine.

Speaking on GB News’ On The Money, Ms Malone said the thought of Sir Keir as Prime Minister “makes me shiver with fear.”

She told Liam Halligan: “It would be completely destabilising and disruptive, what are we going to do, are we going to start focusing now on a new leader, are we going to start focusing on an election.

“Starmer, this is the bloke who can't say what a woman is! Do we want him in power? Do we want Angela Rayner as Chancellor?

“It makes me shiver with fear when I think about that.

Carole Malone wants Boris Johnson to remain Prime Minister
Carole Malone wants Boris Johnson to remain Prime Minister

“Yes Boris has let us down with this, but when you look at the party, it wasn’t exactly a party, he walked into something, into a meeting where they had birthday cake for him."

She added: “He should’ve walked straight back out again and he shouldn’t have lied about it.

“However, I think now is the wrong time for a change of leadership, we need to be steered through this cost-of-living crisis.

“And it’s very important that Boris stays in place for this war, because he’s chivvying people all the time.”

Her comments come after Mr Johnson apologised for the Partygate fine and vowed to continue his role despite calls for him to step down.

The fixed penalty notice relates to a gathering in the Cabinet Room on June 19 2020 to mark his 56th birthday.

Ms Malone says the thought of Sir Keir as Prime Minister "makes me shiver with fear"
Ms Malone says the thought of Sir Keir as Prime Minister "makes me shiver with fear"

In a statement released yesterday, Mr Johnson said: "Today I've received a fixed penalty notice from the Metropolitan Police relating to a Downing Street event on 19 June 2020.

"Let me say immediately, I have paid the fine and want to offer a full apology.

"There was a brief gathering in the Cabinet Room shortly after 2pm, lasting less than 10 minutes, during which people I worked with passed on their good wishes.

"At that time it did not occur to me this might have been a breach of the rules.

"The police have found otherwise, and I fully respect the outcome of their investigation."

He added: "I understand the anger many will feel that I myself fell short when it came to observing the very rules which the Government I lead had introduced to protect the public.

"I accept in all sincerity that people had the right to expect better."

"I will take forward that task with due humility."

When asked whether he will resign over the incident, Mr Johnson said: “I want to get on and deliver the mandate that I have. That is my priority.”