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Feeling the pressure? Labour's Keir Starmer appears to struggle in a football match with friends

Labour leader Keir Starmer appeared to be feeling the pressure today - as he joined friends for a game of football. 

The Opposition Leader joined friends for some seven-a-side at a pitch near his north London home today, a welcome distraction from Labour's post-election woes.

But wearing a Donegal Gaelic football top he appeared to struggle with the pace of the game at one point. 

The Holborn and St Pancras MP looked uncomfortable and ended up bent double at one point in some discomfort before retiring to the changing rooms briefly.

An eyewitness told the MailOnline he returned to play in goal before joining friends at a nearby pub for a well-earned couple of pints.

Sir Keir still regularly plays football, an impressive feat at the age of 58.

It came as he faces his toughest time as Labour leader in his 13 months in charge of the party, with party politicians gunning for him after a swathe of election failures. 

The Opposition Leader joined friends for some seven-a-side at a pitch near his north London home today

But he appeared to struggle with the pace of the game at one point.

Sir Keir still regularly plays football, an impressive feat at the age of 58.

The Holborn and St Pancras MP looked uncomfortable and ended up bent double at one point in some discomfort before retiring to the changing rooms briefly.

An eyewitness told the MailOnline he returned to play in goal before joining friends at a nearby pub for a well-earned couple of pints.

Former New Labour minister Andy Burnham today claimed the party would be in better shape if he's been leader instead of Jeremy Corbyn.

The Greater Manchester mayor made the boast as he confirmed he would run for the leadership again after the next election if he had enough support.

Mr Burnham, a former health secretary under Gordon Brown, came a distant second to hard Left icon Mr Corbyn in the 2015 Labour leadership election, polling just 19 per cent of votes.

He served as a shadow minister before quitting national politics to become mayor of Manchester before Labour's catastrophic display at the 2019 election, its worst since the 1930s.

But buoyed by an increased majority in Manchester in the election last week, and Keir Starmer's increasing difficulty over Labour's wider results, Mr Burnham has learned towards a new run at the party leadership.

Speaking to the Observer today he was deeply critical over modern Labour's failure to take a stronger stance on major policy issues, particularly social care reform, and said the party lacked the boldness to attempt any move on the scale of its greatest achievement - creating the NHS in 1948.

Meanwhile a new poll suggested voters see his party as being out of touch with public opinion on 'woke' issues.

The survey for the Mail on Sunday revealed that the party was overwhelmingly associated with support for politically correct issues – such as pulling down statues of historical figures – that are not backed by voters.

The figures will add to concerns among Labour strategists that the party's metropolitan image is alienating its working-class base, particularly among its former supporters in the North.

Sir Keir's position is under pressure following a poor set of local election results along its former heartland of Red Wall seats this month and the loss of the Hartlepool by-election to the Conservatives for the first time since 1974.

The poll, conducted by JL Partners for the Campaign For Common Sense, found that 56 per cent of people think Labour is most likely to agree with pulling down statues – despite Sir Keir saying it was 'completely wrong' for protesters to take down a statue of slaver Edward Colston last year.

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