Keir Starmer cancels more campaign events as his mother-in-law remains critically ill
Sir Keir Starmer has once again cancelled a number of Labour leadership campaign events as his mother-in-law remains seriously ill in hospital.
The bookies' favourite had been due to appear at a hustings event in Nottingham on Saturday and Dudley in the west Midlands on Sunday, but will no longer take part in either.
His wife's mother was left seriously injured following an accident two weeks ago.
Sir Keir immediately a number of campaign appearances in the immediate aftermath, before returning to the fray.
But in a statement on Friday evening, a spokesperson for the Shadow Brexit Secretary said: "Since being admitted to hospital two weeks ago, Keir’s mother-in-law remains in a critical condition in intensive care.
"For this reason, he will be cancelling all campaign events this weekend and will be unable to attend hustings. We ask that his family’s privacy is respected at this time."
Appearing on Sky News a fortnight ago, Sir Keir was asked for an update on his mother-in-law's condition.
He said: "She’s awful I’m afraid, she’s still in intensive care and it’s been very, very hard for my wife and her family. So (a) very, very difficult few days for us.
"If I may I’d just like to say thank you to the very many colleagues who have shown incredible kindness and support and to the NHS, who have just been incredible in what they’ve been doing.
"It’s very difficult but the NHS are just absolutely brilliant in everything they’re doing and we want to just thank them."