Boris Johnson brandishes Labours dog-whistle racism leaflet to shame Keir Starmer

PMQs: Boris Johnson calls on Keir Starmer to 'retract' leaflet

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Boris Johnson and Sir Keir Starmer broke into a furious row on racism following the abhorrent comments the English football teams received following the Euro 2020 loss to Italy. Sir Keir repeatedly asked the Prime Minister to condemn the booing of English players taking the knee as the Labour leader argued it gave way to the online racist behaviour. Mr Johnson insisted he and his Government in its entirety are opposed to all forms of racism. 

He then called on Sir Keir to retract a leaflet produced during the Batley and Spen by-election which was condemned by Labour Party MPs. 

Mr Johnson said: “We love and admire the England squad and what they did.

“They represent the best of our country.

“Nobody defends booing the England side but what the Home Secretary has been trying to do all her life is not to just fight racism but to take practical steps to advance the cause of black and minority ethnic groups.

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“Which she has done successfully most notably in the police.”

The Prime Minister then pulled out a printout of the controversial Labour Party leaflet that was branded racist. 

He continued: “Could I ask him now to retract this leaflet that was produced by the Labour Party during the Batley and Spen by-election.

“It was condemned by his own MPs as dog-whistle racism.”

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