Keir Starmer mocked over blunder in St George’s Day video2 min read
Sir Keir Starmer has been mocked after sharing a video to mark St George’s Day which included images of Scotland. The Labour leader tweeted the two-minute clip on England’s national day yesterday.
But eagle-eyed Twitter users were quick to point out that the video, which documents Sir Keir’s visits to communities across England, featured iconic scenes from north of the border.
The clip shows the Finnieston Crane in Glasgow and then Buchanan Street from the top of the well-known Glasgow Royal Concert Hall steps.
Footage of high-rise flats in the town of Cambuslang on the outskirts of Greater Glasgow also briefly feature.
Posting the video to Twitter, Sir Keir wrote: “On behalf of the Labour Party, I wish everyone in England a very happy St George’s Day.”
But it prompted a string of replies with other users pointing out the leader of the opposition’s mistake.
One commented: “Why have you used footage of Scotland?”
Another said: “Where in England is the Finnieston crane?”
A third wrote: “Lot of Glasgow in your video about England there.”
A fourth asked: “Will you do one of these for St Andrew’s Day and slip in pictures of an English city?”
Another commented: “I know you would like Glasgow to be in England but I think you will find it is not despite featuring in your video.”
A sixth said: “These are both shots from Glasgow – notably not a part of England. Maybe take these out and save them for your next patronising St Andrew’s Day video?”
In the video, Sir Keir wishes the country a happy St George’s Day and discusses the upcoming local elections as a montage is shown in the background.
He says: “I’m on the road at the moment, that’s usual for this time of year. Visiting towns, villages and cities right across England as part of our local election campaign. Listening to your hopes and your concerns.
I’ve been to Middlesbrough, Hartlepool and York in the North. Swindon and Plymouth in the South. The six towns of Stoke-on-Trent somewhere in the middle.
“And while, of course, I’m hearing about your challenges with the NHS, crime or this suffocating cost-of-living crisis, I’m also hearing everywhere in England our spirit.
“A pride in our country and our communities that we can unlock to build a better future together.”
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