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Sir Keir Starmer ‘a prisoner of woke’, says minister

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Sir Keir Starmer has “gone mad” and is a “prisoner of woke”, a Government minister has claimed.

Conservative frontbencher Christopher Pincher added that the Labour leader should “direct” mayor of London Sadiq Khan to focus on housing and other projects rather than trying to “pull down” statues in parks.

Mr Khan has established a commission to examine the capital’s statues, plaques and street names in a bid to improve diversity in public spaces.

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Backbench Conservative MPs also claimed the country’s heritage was “under a direct assault” by people who questioned what it was to be British.

Speaking during a Commons debate, communities minister Mr Pincher responded to criticism of Mr Khan’s commission, saying: “The Leader of the Opposition should take his mayor in hand.”

Mr Pincher added: “The leader of the Labour Party has gone mad. He has been captured. He is a POW. He is a prisoner of woke.

“I trust he will be released so he can direct his friend the mayor of London to pay greater attention to Londoners because it’ll be for them ultimately to judge whether that £1.1 million of public expenditure is spent on statue destruction, or whether the mayor might better spend his time and the public’s money trying to put up more homes for Londoners rather than pull down their statues in public parks.”

Mr Pincher said historic statues should be “retained and explained” and any removal should require planning permission or listed building consent.

He told MPs: “We have a proud and rich history.

“Britain led the way in the abomination of slavery, we were foremost in abolishing it, the Royal Navy was one of the seminal forces sweeping it from the seas.

“So when we hear of those who argue that some public memorials are an abomination and that statues of people who profited from the transatlantic slave trade should be taken down, this Government’s clear view is that doing so is quite misguided.”

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