Starmer says Sunak lacks ‘braveness’ to apologize to Brianna’s mum over trans joke

Rishi Sunak lacked the “courage” to apologize to Brianna Ghey’s mum, Keir Starmer has mentioned after the Prime Minister refused to apologise for making a trans joke at PMQs.

The Labour chief – clearly nonetheless livid concerning the change in PMQs – mentioned Rishi Sunak had damaged the primary rule of being Prime Minister – “to make every single citizen feel safe and respected in their own country.”

And chatting with the Mirror on a go to to Coventry, he paid tribute to the households of Barnaby Webber and Grace O’Malley Kumar, the victims of the Nottingham knife assault – saying assembly them was “defining of what it is to be human.”

Mr Sunak has nonetheless but to apologise to the household of murdered trans teen Brianna, after he made a jibe at Mr Starmer over his stance on “defining a woman” whereas her mom Esther was in Parliament.

“I used to be shocked. Not by myself behalf or on behalf of the Labour Party,” he mentioned. “But because fundamentally, I think the core to my politics is respect and dignity for every single individual. It really matters to me whether people are treated properly, whether they are properly respected, and whether their dignity is preserved. That’s hardwired in me.”

He went on: “I just instantly thought of the impact on her, and the lack of respect was incredible in my view.

“I do assume that the function of Prime Minister is to guarantee that each single citizen, no matter their identification, their race, their background, their views, each single citizen of this nation ought to really feel secure and revered in their very own nation. And he broke that rule. And I used to be shocked.

“This is a mother whose daughter was murdered. And in the sentencing remarks amongst the motives, was transphobia. Obviously, it wasn’t the only motive. But the human impact of that sort of behaviour is huge.”

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Peter Spooner, Brianna’s livid father, requested Mr Sunak to apologise, saying the remarks have been “degrading” and “absolutely dehumanising”.

But Mr Sunak refused, doubling down on the feedback and saying it was “the worst of politics” to hyperlink them to the trans teenager’s case.

Mr Starmer advised the Mirror: “I’m equally taken aback, that instead of doing the decent thing and apologising to Brianna’s father… I’m not asking him to apologise to me. Brianna’s father asked for an apology.

“And as a substitute of giving an apology, he is going by some contorted argument that I’m accountable for him saying it.

“It’s Alice in Wonderland. It’s lack of any backbone or courage or even basic understanding of how you should act as a Prime Minister.”

Keir Starmer speaking to the Mirror
Keir Starmer spoke to the Mirror on Friday, throughout a go to to a complicated manfuacturing analysis centre in Coventry
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Mr Starmer met with Ms Ghey on Wednesday after PMQs, and whereas he did not decide to banning children from utilizing smartphones or social media, he mentioned Labour’s focus could be on coping with on-line platforms that permit folks to publish dangerous content material.

But Mr Starmer renewed his dedication to bettering psychological well being providers for younger folks, together with psychological well being assist in all faculties from major up.

“We’ve committed to mental health support in every school,” he mentioned. “That is really important, because I do think there’s an impact on the mental health of young people that is bigger than many people appreciate.”

And Labour’s “young futures programme” – nicknamed ‘Surestart for teenagers’ – goals to provide assist to kids more likely to be concerned in knife crime to maintain them on the proper highway.

Mr Starmer additionally paid tribute to relations of the victims of the Nottingham knife assault.

“With two youngsters of my very own, I genuinely must say, I do not understand how I might react if certainly one of them was murdered,” he said. “I don’t know whether I’d have the courage that these families have, to campaign for change for other families. It is one of those experiences meeting parents – and Esther’s in the same category. It is humbling. It is incredibly defining of what it is to be human.

“And I said to them, I can’t imagine what you’ve been through… And I was moved. I was incredibly moved.”