Nigel Farage issues Keir Starmer prediction as Labour leader backs 'tearing down' statues

The Reform UK leader accused Sir Keir of wanting to “tear down” British history after the Labour leader called for a nationwide review into statues and UK street names. In a post on Twitter, Mr Farage wrote: “So it looks like Starmer wants to tear down our history too. He will lose the next election.”

Appearing on LBC radio, Sir Keir was questioned on whether he supported controversial statues being removed.

It came as London Mayor Sadiq Khan set up a task force earlier this month.

Sir Keir explained a “conversation” needed to take place and suggested this needed to be done “city by city, region by region”.

He said: “I think each community, whether it’s London, or anywhere else is entitled to have a conversation about what it wants, in terms of statues and street names.

“And it needs to be decided, I don’t know, city by city, region by region.”

Sir Keir insisted it was right people should have a say on what happens in their local area, but pointed out this would not be a priority at the moment.

He added: “I think communities are entitled to express a view on what statues they want up in their area.

“So I wouldn’t… I’m not sure I see it as a priority in terms of what we’re living through what we’ve got in terms of getting the country back up and running.

“But if I was living in a community, I probably would like to express a view one way or the other. And I think that’s not a bad thing.”

A debate over statues was ignited last summer in the wake of the noble Black Lives Matter movement.

Last June, protesters tore down a statue of 17th-century slave trader Edward Colston and threw it into a Bristol river.

Widespread demonstrations were held across large parts of the UK – including over the statue of imperialist Cecil Rhodes at the University of Oxford and a monument of former Prime Minister Winston Churchill in Parliament Square.

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Labour suffered its worst election defeat in almost 100 years when Britons went to the ballot box in December 2019.

The latest opinion polls show the Labour Party is still trailing Boris Johnson’s Conservatives.

The latest YouGov poll has the Tories on 40 percent, with Labour three points behind on 37 percent.

The survey asked 1,663 UK adults from February 17-18.

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