UK Labor Party Leader Keir Starmer Tests Positive for COVID-19

United Kingdom Labor Party Leader Keir Starmer tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 27, just before he was due to face the Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs) and challenge the government budget.

“I was absolutely gutted this morning to test positive for COVID just before PMQs and just before the budget response,” Starmer said in a video message.

Shadow Business Secretary Ed Miliband stood in for Starmer to take part in the PMQs, while Shadow Chancellor Rachel Reeves responded to the budget.

Starmer praised Miliband and Reeves as “just brilliant.”

“Both of them stepped up at short notice, very short notice, to absolutely call out the government for their failure on the climate crisis and to hammer the chancellor on his smoke and mirror budget, which does nothing for working people and nothing about the cost of living crisis,” Starmer said.

Starmer also said that he will be working from home and urged those with symptoms or any cause for concern to “get tested and stop the spread of this virus.”

“I’m fine, but it’s obviously important that we all follow the rules,” Starmer said.

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