'You have got a pact!' Madeley skewers Starmer over Labour-Lib Dem alliance: 'Backed off!'

On May 5, voters will flock to their local ballot boxes to pledge their votes for local MPs in this year’s local elections. With the likes of Labour and the Liberal Democrats hoping to topple Conservative seats across the country, Sir Keir Starmer spoke with Susanna Reid and Richard Madeley on Wednesday’s Good Morning Britain to lay out his party’s plans for the future if elected. However, he was soon left on the spot when Madeley quizzed a possible alliance with the Lib Dems.

“Something else that’s on the here and now and this is this electoral pact which is widely suspected and reported that you’ve done with the Liberal Democrats,” Madeley said as he began his line of questioning.

He went on: “You’ve had a letter, haven’t you, from Oliver Dowden, the co-chairman of the Conservative party, accusing you of this pact? 

“He says in this letter, ‘I note that in the south-west,’ this is to you, ‘you are standing candidates in 61 per cent of seats compared to 97 per cent in 2018’, and he suggests Lib Dems are returning the favour in northern England.

“And if you look at the figures, they do seem to speak for themselves,” Madeley sternly added.

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“The fact…” Starmer continued before hesitating and taking aim at Mr Dowden.

He said: “Firstly, I don’t take what Oliver Dowden says very seriously these days.

“But the fact that a few days before the local elections, the only thing he wants to talk about is a Lib Dem-Labour pact rather than the issue that is the cost of living, tells you everything about a government which is absolutely out of ideas.

“It’s completely out of touch and out of ideas,” Starmer blasted.

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