Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer was kicked out of a pub in Bath by the landlord following a dispute over lockdown restrictions.
Sir Keir was visiting the city in order to support West of England metro mayoral candidate Dan Norris ahead of the forthcoming elections, when the incident was captured on camera by reporters.
It is understood that the Labour leader and his team had pre-arranged the visit to The Raven, located in Bath’s city centre, with a member of the pub’s staff.
However, when Sir Keir visited The Raven on Monday (19 April), the pub’s landlord, Rod Humphris, shouted “that man is not allowed in my pub” and “get out of my pub” at the Labour leader.
Footage captured by reporters shows Sir Keir and Mr Humphris talking outside of the pub prior to the confrontation, where the Labour leader then appears to mention frontline NHS workers.
Sir Keir could be heard saying: “So I really don’t need lectures from you about this pandemic.”
The Labour leader left the pub following the confrontation, accompanied by members of his team.
Addressing why he asked the Labour leader to leave, Mr Humphris 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 landlord - who said he does not agree with the Covid lockdown restrictions - said: “He walked into my pub without asking and I threw him out. Or at least, I did my best to throw him out – his security got in the way.”
Mr Humphris added: “I would say this to any politician – it’s not a partisan matter.”
‘We will not be amplifying it’
The Labour Party press office said on Twitter that it would “not be amplifying” the footage of the Labour leader being confronted by Mr Humphris.
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.”