Keir Starmer calls for privacy after mother-in-law dies following accident

Sir Keir Starmer during a Labour Party press conference in central London. Photograph: Jonathan Brad

Sir Keir Starmer during a Labour Party press conference in central London. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA. - Credit: PA Wire/PA Images

Labour leadership front-runner Sir Keir Starmer's mother-in-law has died after an accident.

Shadow cabinet member Sir Keir withdrew from campaign events on Friday due to the situation.

Chairwoman of his campaign, Jenny Chapman, tweeted on Sunday: "My thoughts and prayers are with Keir Starmer and his family.

"Keir's mother-in-law died yesterday following an accident two weeks ago.

"Thank you to everyone for being so kind and supportive and for respecting his family's privacy at this difficult time."


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Polls have regularly been suggesting that Sir Keir is likely to come out on top in the leadership ballot in which he is pitted against Rebecca Long-Bailey, Emily Thornberry and Lisa Nandy.

A Labour leadership hustings event in Nottingham went ahead on Saturday with a representative standing in for Sir Keir.

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