According to the Independent, Keir Starmer has put on hold his calls for Boris Johnson to resign:
“Sir Keir Starmer has all but withdrawn his previous calls for Boris Johnson to resign as he said the country needs “unity” in the face of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The Labour leader said there was still “a basic question of trust” in the Government, but that for now the Prime Minister was “concentrating on the job in hand”. Speaking on the BBC’s Sunday Morning programme, Sir Keir said Russian President Vladimir Putin wanted to divide the West, and therefore it was very important “we demonstrate unity”. He said: “I do think there’s a basic question of trust (in the Prime Minister) and it does seem a long time ago now we were talking about all of the allegations that Prime Minister faces. Sir Keir appeared to have put his calls for the Prime Minister to resign over the partygate saga on hold for now.
“I’m very clear as the leader of the opposition, leader of the Labour Party, that when it comes to standing up to Russian aggression, and standing in support of Ukraine, it’s very important in the United Kingdom and in our politics that we show the world that we’re united and, therefore, whatever the challenges and frustrations and criticism I have of the Prime Minister, and I’ve got many on this issue, there is unity, and it’s very important that we demonstrate that unity,” he said.
Unity behind incompetence and soft-pedalling on Russian sanctions? Hardly seems the right thing to me. Perhaps Keir hasn’t read about how Churchill got the keys to No. 10. That was when we were already at war with Hitler. Chamberlain had to go and the Labour Party supported his departure. Perhaps today’s equivocal approach from Labour’s frontbench explains why some polls are currently showing a decline in support for Labour.