A LABOUR grandee has apologised after he was reportedly caught on tape stating Covid is “a gift that keeps on providing” for abundant City legal representatives.
Shadow chief law officer Lord Falconer – a crucial ally of leader Sir Keir Starmer – made the disgusting claim during a briefing for a top London company staffed by millionaire leading pets, it was reported today.
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The remarks were reported in the Mail On Sunday, which released a recording of Lord Falconer’s speech.
He can be heard presenting a talk on how the pandemic has impacted the law, and states: “This is a gift that keeps on offering.
” The law keeps on altering, keeps getting more complicated, and is always fascinating.”
However, he has actually insisted he was describing modifications in the law brought on by the crisis.
And Lord Falconer, a good friend and former flatmate of previous PM Tony Blair, has now stated he’s “extremely sorry” for the remarks, pal Ed Miliband states.
It comes as:
In a look on BBC’s Andrew Marr Show today, the previous Labour celebration leader stated the politician – a partner in international law firm Gibson Dunn – was “very, extremely sorry” for his choice of words.
Mr Miliband, the shadow service secretary, stated: “He shouldn’t have stated it.
” He was talking in the context of lawyers and the method the law was changing.
” It was an extremely bad choice of words. I have actually talked to Charlie this morning and he is really extremely sorry and apologises for what he stated.
” It reveals that we have to take care with our words, all politicians need to be extremely careful with our words.
” I know Charlie extremely well and Charlie thinks the nation has been through an awful trauma and this in no other way reflects his view about the Covid crisis.”
A source close to Lord Falconer said of his opening comments last night: “Charlie was describing the pace at which the Government is making modifications to the law.
” He regrets his choice of words, which he understands might be misinterpreted.”
It comes amid a bruising week for Labour.
Previously this week, Sir Keir apparently faced off against Boris Johnson after a heated PMQs.
The livid Labour leader confronted the PM as the pair left the Commons chamber after their weekly bout, with eyewitnesses claiming Sir Keir “had a bit of a meltdown”.
One eyewitness even declared Sir Keir was so angry that he eventually had to be led away by Labour whip Chris Mathieson, however he challenged that.
During the exchange it’s declared Sir Keir had actually admitted that he previously desired Brexit Britain to sign up with the EU’s medical firm.
He then accused the PM of being deceitful in your house of Commons – after Mr Johnson claimed Sir Keir had actually wished to joined the European Medicines Firm (EMA).
Sir Keir said: “The Prime Minister knows I have actually never ever stated that, from this Despatch Box or anywhere else, however the fact escapes him.”
However main parliamentary records from January 2017 program Sir Keir DID state the UK needs to remain in the EMA.
And video shows he stated in your home of Commons in January 2017: “Why would we wish to be outside the European Medicines Company, which guarantees that all medications in the EU market are safe and effective?”
After PMQs aired, Starmer’s spokesperson provided an apology from the Labour leader for the misunderstanding, though repeating that the prime minister had actually formerly been misinforming.
” On a variety of occasions, the Prime Minister has wrongly declared that Labour wished to join the EU’s vaccine programme,” Starmer’s spokesperson stated.
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” That is inaccurate and the claim has been discovered to be false.
” Throughout PMQs, Keir misheard the Prime Minister and presumed he was making the exact same incorrect accusation once again.
” Keir accepts that on this event the prime minister was referring to old remarks about the European Medicines Company, and Keir confesses he was incorrect and made a mistake in his reaction.”