Rishi Sunak suggests Sir Keir Starmer is a ‘terrorist sympathiser’

Rishi Sunak says he will let the facts speak for themselves over Labour leader being 'on side' of Islamist group
Rishi Sunak says he will let the facts speak for themselves over Labour leader being 'on side' of Islamist group - Piers Morgan Uncensored/TalkTV
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Rishi Sunak has said Sir Keir Starmer was “on the side” of a major Islamist group and suggested he was a “terrorist sympathiser”.

Asked whether he thought the Labour leader was a terrorist sympathiser, the Prime Minister said: “I would say let the facts speak for themselves.”

The Labour leader represented the extremist organisation Hizb ut-Tahrir in court during his legal career before he became an MP.

In a Talk Radio interview with Piers Morgan, Mr Sunak said his government had been “very clear” that the group should be banned in the UK.

“Again the question for Keir Starmer: he once upon a time represented Hizb ut-Tahrir,” he said.

“Actually he supported them in resisting proscription elsewhere. And that is who he was on the side of. We are trying to ban these people and he was busy trying to represent them…”

Mr Morgan then asked: “Do you think he is a terrorist sympathiser?”

Mr Sunak responded: “Well I would say let the facts speak for themselves, right?

“He was their lawyer when they were trying to resist this. We have just proscribed them because we think that is what they are. And these things speak to people’s values, right?”

NHS ban an option

He later went on to argue that leaders of Hizb ut-Tahrir should not be able to work for the NHS as a doctor.

“From this moment on – remember these things are forward-looking – but there are clearly questions to answer which the NHS are rightly looking at,” he said.

“It’s obviously not right for me to comment on individual people, but let me just be clear, forget about working in a particular place, it is illegal for a proscribed terrorist organisation, for someone to be glorifying that organisation and what they do, is already illegal under our law.

“And the same with these protests, when you see people glorifying what Hamas have done: that is against the law, right? That is not in accordance with the values of our country and those people should be accountable for that.”

A spokesman for Sir Keir said: “Keir oversaw the first-ever prosecution of senior members of al-Qaeda, the jailing of the airline liquid bomb plotters and the deportation of countless terrorists. The Prime Minister can only dream of having such a record of serving his country.”

Mr Sunak has previously attacked Sir Keir for advising Hizb-ut Tahrir, saying: “I ban them, he invoices them.”

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