Keir Starmer says mother-in-law's condition is 'awful' as he thanks well-wishers

Posted On: 
27th January 2020

Keir Starmer has said his mother-in-law is in an "awful" condition as he returned to campaigning following the accident which left her criticially ill.

Keir Starmer has resumed his campaign to be Labour leader.
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In his first public appearance since the incident, the favourite to be the next Labour party leader thanked the "incredible kindness" shown by well-wishers.

And he praised the treatment his wife's mother has received from the NHS since entering intensive care last Thursday.

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Sir Keir cancelled all of his immediate campaign events after news of the accident emerged, while Labour also scrapped a hustings event planned for Saturday.

Appearing on Sky News on Monday morning, the Shadow Brexit Secretary was asked for an update on his mother-in-law's condition.

She 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."

Sir Keir has re-started his leadership campaign by unveiling plans for a fully federal UK if he becomes Prime Minister.

He said: "We need to end the monopoly of power in Westminster and spread it across every town, city, region and nation of the United Kingdom. 

“We have to end the status quo and put power, wealth and opportunity back into the hands of the people.

“We need a new constitutional settlement: a large-scale devolution of power and resources.

"This will involve building a new long-term political and constitutional consensus. I believe that could best be built on the principle of federalism.“