The leader of the Labour Party Keir Starmer has admitted he was wrong at Prime Minister’s Questions, when he denied wanting to keep Britain chained to the European Medicines Agency.
A statement from the party fessed up to the fact that Starmer was “wrong” to deny the charges leveled against him by Boris Johnson, and tried to excuse the struggling politician by claiming he “misheard” what the Prime Minister was accusing him of.
“Keir accepts that, on this occasion, the Prime Minister was referring to old comments about the European Medicines Agency and Keir admits he was wrong and made a mistake in his response” said the statement.
But while accepting the veracity of the Prime Minister’s claims about Sir Keir’s former positions, the statement did also clarify that it is not current Labour policy to join either the European Medicines Agency or the bloc’s faltering vaccine scheme.
“It’s not Labour policy to join either the European Medicines Agency or the EU vaccine programme. We have never called for the UK to be in the EU vaccine programme. We remain committed to working with the Government to ensure we can be the first in the world to roll out the vaccine.”
But while Labour as a party has never called on Britain to join the failed plan, members of Starmer’s party did lash out at the government last summer for refusing to sign Britain up for the disastrous scheme.
Labour’s shadow Europe minister Catherine West MP apologised earlier this week for her remarks at the time, admitting that her position had “proven to be wrong”.
The grovelling climbdown came after reports emerged that Sir Keir had an embarrassing “meltdown” following his weekly showdown with the Prime Minister and confronted him in an angry meeting outside the House of Commons chamber.
One eyewitness report says Starmer got so enraged during the encounter that he had to be dragged away by Labour MP Christian Matheson, but that characterization of events was dismissed by the Starmer camp. Matheson, speaking to Politics Home, said: “That I had to pull him away? Bollocks. He wasn’t rattled. I didn’t have to hold him back”