Keir Starmer speaks out on Boris Johnson being booed at Service of Thanksgiving

Sir Keir said he was not surprised the Prime Minister was subjected to boos

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Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer said he was not surprised that the Prime Minister was the subject of jeers at an event in London to mark the Platinum Jubilee.

Boris Johnson was booed by some in the crowd as he arrived with his wife, Carrie, to attend the National Service of Thanksgiving for the Queen at St Paul’s Cathedral on Friday.

Speaking to the PA news agency at the London Aquatic Centre in Stratford, Sir Keir said: “In many respects, I wasn’t surprised at that.

“I think so many people across the country are fed up with the Government, particularly its inaction on the cost of living.”

Sir Keir Starmer
Sir Keir Starmer

Asked whether the reception was indicative about the public’s attitude towards politics, Sir Keir replied: “A crowd will decide for itself how it wants to acknowledge and they were there to acknowledge and thank the Queen – that was absolutely in everybody who was there.

“They booed the Prime Minister, they are fed up with the Government, but the vast majority were there to say thank you to the Queen and in a sense reflect on what she has given to our country, which is absolutely phenomenal.”

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie Symonds arrive for the National Service of Thanksgiving
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie Symonds arrive for the National Service of Thanksgiving

The Prime Minister received a mix of cheering and boos from onlookers as he entered St Paul’s Cathedral for the service of thanksgiving.

Boris Johnson arrived at the cathedral in a black Range Rover and walked up the steps with wife Carrie Johnson to attend the event on Friday.

But while a number of people could be heard applauding and cheering as the couple ascended the staircase, others could be heard booing.

The PM was also heckled and booed more as he left the service, with one person saying “f*** off Boris”.

Spectator Clement Jacquemin said he booed Boris Johnson leaving St Paul’s Cathedral in London because “he is a disgrace”.

Mr Jacquemin said Brexit and partygate were behind his objection to Mr Johnson, and said the Prime Minister should have “stayed home, made himself forgotten, and let the British public enjoy this day”.