Landlord tells Sir Keir Starmer to leave pub

Joanna Estrada
April 19, 2021

Sir Keir Starmer was confronted by pub landlord Rod Humphris who angrily ordered him off the premises.

The landlord of The Raven on Queen Street, Rod Humphries, was also heard accusing Mr Starmer's aide of "assault" after he had told the Labour leader to leave his pub.

Following the incident, Labour's Press Office said the landlord who confronted Sir Keir Starmer was "spreading risky misinformation" about the pandemic. Sir Keir took the piece of paper from the landlord and folded it up.

Sir Keir Starmer leaves the pub in Bath, Somerset, on Monday.

"Get out of my pub", added Humphris. "That man is not allowed in my pub".

However, Sir Keir said he "profoundly disagreed" and that the "vast majority of people here in Bath and elsewhere recognise that lockdown was necessary, that restrictions were necessary, that we need to come slowly and carefully out so that we never go back into lockdown".

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In the clip, Starmer, wearing a black face mask, walks out of the door.

After the incident, Humphris, 54, told PA Media why he ejected Sir Keir from his pub. "Why have we just accepted the loss of all our freedoms?"

"Or at least, I did my best to throw him out - his security got in the way".

It is understood that the Labour leader and his team had pre-arranged the visit to The Raven with a member of the pub's staff.

Sir Keir can be heard talking about his wife, who works for a central London hospital which he said had been "overwhelmed" with cases, adding: "I really don't need lectures from you about this pandemic".

The Labour Party press office tweeted: "A clip circulating online shows Keir Starmer being confronted by someone spreading risky misinformation about the Covid-19 pandemic".

The tweets said: "A clip circulating online shows Keir Starmer being confronted by someone spreading risky misinformation about the Covid-19 pandemic".

Labour added that Mr Starmer spoke to him afterwards and argued that "restrictions - while painful - have been absolutely necessary to save lives".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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