Sir Kier Starmer was forced to leave a pub after a conversation with a furious Covid denier landlord turned into a row.
The Labour leader was paying a visit to local establishments and traders in Bath when things didn’t quite go to plan.
As he headed to the Raven pub in Bath city centre, he was met by landlord Rod Humphris who at one point appeared to have to be held back by Mr Starmer’s security team.
The pub landlord could be heard shouting “That man is not allowed in my pub” and “Get out of my pub.”
The incident was captured on camera earlier today, Monday, April 19 as the opposition leader was met by a furious Mr Humphris, who claimed the politician had “failed him”.
Footage captured by reporters shows Sir Keir and Mr Humphris talking outside the pub prior to the confrontation, and the Labour leader appears to mention frontline NHS workers.
During the video, the landlord can be heard reeling off statistics from a sheet of paper which he claims to show the average death rate as a result of coronavirus.
Confronting Sir Kier, Mr Humphris said: “Do you know what the average age of death Covid is? It’s 82 years and three months. The average age of death normally? 81 years.”
On why he asked Sir Keir to leave, Mr Humphris later told the PA news agency: “I had heard that the Labour Party were coming round and he turned up and I told him what I thought of him, basically.
“I think he has utterly failed us as the Leader of the Opposition. He has completely failed to ask the questions that needed asking, like, why did we throw away our previous pandemic preparedness?
“Why have we just accepted lockdown? Why have we just accepted the loss of all our freedoms?”
The Labour leader, who was wearing a black face mask while inside, left the pub following the confrontation, accompanied by members of his team.
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The Labour Party press office said on Twitter that it would “not be amplifying” the footage of the Labour leader being confronted.
The tweets said: “A clip circulating online shows Keir Starmer being confronted by someone spreading dangerous misinformation about the Covid-19 pandemic. We will not be amplifying it.
“Keir argued that our NHS staff have been working tirelessly to protect public health and that restrictions – while painful – have been absolutely necessary to save lives.”