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Keri Starmer Defends Attack Ads Targeting Rishi Sunak Ahead of Thursday’s Local Elections

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Sir Keir Starmer has defended attack ads targeting Rishi Sunak personally ahead of local elections as he backed away from claims Labor is set to win hundreds of council seats.

The Leader of the Opposition said he personally backed ads on Twitter accusing the Prime Minister of not wanting to see child sex offenders jailed, because of the Tories’ “unforgivable” approach to criminal justice.

The ad and subsequent ones targeting other policy areas sparked a firestorm of protests from across the political spectrum, including suggestions that they were racist.

But Sir Keir told Sophy Ridge On Sunday they weren’t racist, adding: ‘This idea that you can somehow ship a new prime minister – we’ve had five now in the last 13 years – it doesn’t. take responsibility.

They broke our criminal justice system. It’s unforgivable what they did.”

In the same interview, Sir Keir played down Labor’s electoral hopes in Thursday’s vote, despite a new poll giving him an 18-point lead.

He suggested that anything other than a gain of seats for the Tories would be bad for the party – when the same seats were last contested in 2019, it was the Tories’ second worst result.

The Tories have suggested they could lose 1,000 seats, meaning they could claim any result better than this as a victory.

Opposition leader says he personally backs Twitter adverts accusing PM of not wanting to see child sex offenders jailed, due to approach

The Leader of the Opposition said he personally backed Twitter adverts accusing the Prime Minister of not wanting to see child sex offenders jailed, due to the Tories’ ‘unforgivable’ approach to criminal justice .

The ad and subsequent ones targeting other policy areas sparked a firestorm of protests from across the political spectrum, including suggestions that they were racist.

The ad and subsequent ones targeting other policy areas sparked a firestorm of protests from across the political spectrum, including suggestions that they were racist.

The ad and subsequent ones targeting other policy areas sparked a firestorm of protests from across the political spectrum, including suggestions that they were racist.

In the same interview, Sir Keir played down Labor's electoral hopes in Thursday's vote, despite a new poll giving him an 18-point lead.

In the same interview, Sir Keir played down Labor's electoral hopes in Thursday's vote, despite a new poll giving him an 18-point lead.

In the same interview, Sir Keir played down Labor’s electoral hopes in Thursday’s vote, despite a new poll giving him an 18-point lead.

‘For the Conservative Party the baseline is on the floor and they should make gains and if they can’t make gains on this awful set of results then I think there are serious questions as to whether if Rishi Sunak actually backs down in terms of their electoral prospects,” he said.

“So it’s a tough cycle because of that baseline, but I really think the question will be why the Tories aren’t making meaningful gains.”

He added he was “humble” about the process and knew Labor had to “win every vote, but we want to make progress”.

Asked about the adverts, Transport Secretary Mark Harper told Sky News: ‘You judge people in politics by what they do.

“People will remember that not too long ago the Prime Minister set up a task force specifically to deal with one aspect of this issue which relates to grooming gangs, which is a subject which the Labor Party doesn’t even want to talk.

“I think if people judge the Prime Minister by his actions, they will see that the substance of that ad was nonsense.”

He added: “I think personal attacks aren’t very useful. Many politicians, especially female politicians, have to put up with a lot of abuse, online abuse, and I think everyone in leadership positions should try to do politics, I think, with a slightly different tone.

“I think it’s a very underwhelming approach from him (Sir Keir Starmer), but I don’t think the public will actually buy it.”

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