Keir Starmer says 'we need a proper change of government' as Boris Johnson set to resign

Sir Keir said the Conservatives "have overseen 12 years of economic stagnation, declining public services and empty promises"

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Sir Keir Starmer has said "we need a fresh start for Britain" as Boris Johnson is set to resign as Tory Party leader.

Sir Keir has called for Mr Johnson to step down on several occasions throughout the past few months as pressure continued to build on the PM.

And on Thursday, Mr Johnson confirmed that he will step down after a host of ministers tendered their resignations following the Chris Pincher row.

Speaking following the PM's announcement, Sir Keir said: "The Conservatives have overseen 12 years of economic stagnation, declining public services and empty promises.

"We don’t need to change the Tory at the top – we need a proper change of government.

"We need a fresh start for Britain."

Sir Keir Starmer and Boris Johnson
Sir Keir Starmer and Boris Johnson
Labour leader Keir Starmer speaks during Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons, London. Picture date: Wednesday June 15, 2022.
Labour leader Keir Starmer speaks during Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons, London. Picture date: Wednesday June 15, 2022.

It comes after the pair clashed during Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons.

Sir Keir said: “Awful behaviour, unacceptable in any walk of life, it's there for all to see but he ignores it.

“It was the same when his ally was on the tape from the lobbyists.

“It was the same when the Home Secretary was bullying staff, it was the same when taxpayers money was being abused.

“And it was the same when he and his mates were partying during lockdown.

“Anyone quitting now after defending all that hasn’t got a shred of integrity.

“Isn’t this the first recorded case of the sinking ships fleeing the rat?”

Before Mr Johnson fired back at the Labour leader: "He should hear about what his lot say about him.

"He talks about integrity, he wanted to install the member for Islington North (Jeremy Corbyn) into No10, imagine what our country and the world will be like now.

"He talks about integrity, he voted 48 times to overturn the will of the British people and take us back into the European Union and listening to his muddled speech the other day that is exactly what he would do again.

"He talks about integrity but he has voted times and times against sanctions against criminals that will put them behind bars.

"He is himself facing a criminal investigation for which he asked me to resign."