Boris skewers Starmer and Rayner in hilarious Commons performance

The Prime Minister Boris Johnson has poked fun at the well publicised spat between Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer and his deputy Angela Rayner, following Starmer’s decision on Saturday to sack Rayner as party chair and campaigns coordinator following the electoral drubbing handed to the party at Thursday’s local elections.

Johnson was responding to the Loyal Address being moved by North West Cambridgeshire Tory MP Shailesh Vara, a Tae Kwon Do black belt described by the PM as “so tough that when three thugs were so rash as to attack him in Covent Garden, he transformed himself like Hong Kong Phooey and floored all three with moves that have earned him—I can tell the right hon. and learned Member for Holborn and St Pancras—not just a black belt but a Blue Peter badge.”

He went on to discuss Vara’s seconder, the Tory MP for South Ribble Katherine Fletcher, who had previously been described by Starmer as “surely the only Member of Parliament who is also a qualified safari ranger, and once survived being charged by a rhino.”

“He was ably seconded by my hon. Friend the Member for South Ribble (Katherine Fletcher), a palaeontologist, a biologist and—as the right hon. and learned Member for Holborn and St Pancras said—a former safari guide” said the PM, before joking about the ongoing Labour power struggle which saw Starmer strip Rayner of key positions before hastily showering her with new titles in a seeming attempt to maintain party unity.

“She knows that in any pride of lions, it is the male who tends to occupy the position of titular, nominal authority, while the most dangerous beast, the prize hunter of the pack, is in fact the lioness.

“That is a point that I am sure the right hon. and learned Gentleman bears in mind as he contemplates his right hon. Friend the Member for Ashton-under-Lyne (Angela Rayner), the deputy leader, shadow First Secretary of State, shadow Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and shadow Secretary of State for the Future of Work—though the more titles he feeds her, the hungrier, I fear, she is likely to become.”