Keir Starmer wife: Lady Starmer ‘totally unbothered’ about Keir’s bid to be PM

Downing Street 'Christmas party' slammed by LBC listener

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Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs) kicks off today at midday, where Sir Keir is expected to take aim at Prime Minister Boris Johnson over the Conservative’s Christmas party debacle. The past week has been marred by reports of an alleged party having taken place in Downing Street last year — when much of the country was in the throes of a resurgent coronavirus. London, at the time, was in Tier 3, with Mr Johnson having set out fresh draconian lockdown rules just a week before the party is said to have happened.

Footage released last night showed Number 10 officials making light and laughing about a Christmas party, jokingly referring to it as a “business meeting” and a “cheese and wine” event.

Members of the Labour Party have hit out at Mr Johnson, with Sir Keir previously accusing the Prime Minister of hosting a “boozy party” and “taking the British public for fools”.

The Labour leader has enjoyed a revival in his party’s popularity amid the Tories’ catalogue of errors in recent months.

In November, Labour led the Conservatives in the polls for the first time in a year.

While Sir Keir now appears to have much of the support from within his own party, one figure that is reportedly “unbothered” by his rise is his wife.

Camilla Tominey, associate editor of the Daily Telegraph, recently wrote a piece exploring Victoria Starmer and her position on Sir Keir’s career, also speaking to various Labour insiders about her.

Ms Tominey wrote: “Lady Starmer, a trained solicitor who now works in occupational health for the NHS, has always been a reluctant political spouse.”

Little is known about the mother-of-two, who married Sir Keir, 59, in 2007, the year before he became Director of Public Prosecutions.

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One Labour insider told Ms Tominey how Lady Starmer does not intend to be in the spotlight and is busy with her own career.

They said: “She’s quite sassy in that she’s quite unbothered by what he’s doing.

“If he ever gets into Downing Street, she’s going to be very much leading her own life.

“She’s not going to be in the spotlight like Cherie Blair, but more of a background Sarah Brown-type figure.

“They have a great dynamic – she spends quite a lot of time taking the mickey out of him because he can be so serious.


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“I’ve never known her to be particularly political – she’s always had her own interests.”

Regardless, as Ms Tominey noted: “Whether she likes it or not, as Sir Keir continues to position himself as a future Prime Minister, his wife could prove to be the star player in his arsenal.”

Meanwhile, in last week’s PMQs, Sir Keir let rip at Mr Johnson over the reports of a Tory Christmas party.

He asked the Prime Minister: “As millions of people were locked down last year, was a Christmas party thrown in Downing Street for dozens of people on 18 December?”

Mr Johnson did not deny that a party had taken place, telling the Commons: “What I can tell (him) is that all guidance was followed completely in Number 10.”

Sir Keir hit back: “Nice try, but that won’t work.”

“The defence seems to be no rules were broken. Well, I’ve got the rules that were in place at the time, Prime Minister, of this party, they’re very clear.

“You must not have a work Christmas lunch or party.

“Does the prime minister really expect the country to believe that while people were banned from seeing their loved ones at Christmas last year, it was fine for him and his friends to throw a boozy party in Downing Street?”

Mr Johnson replied: “I’ve said what I’ve said about Number 10 and the events of 12 months ago, but since he asks about what we’re asking the country to do this year which I think is, frankly, a more relevant consideration.

“The important thing to do is not only to follow the guidance which we have set out, but also when it comes to dealing with the Omicron variant to make sure that, as we have said, that you wear a mask on public transport and in shops, and that you self-isolate if you come into contact with somebody who has Omicron, and, above all, what we’re doing is strengthening our measures at the borders, but particularly… get your booster.”

A similar exchange is expected in today’s PMQs.

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