‘I’m not laughing’ - Labour leader tells Piers Morgan the government’s pandemic response is not funny

Keir Starmer is challenged by Piers Morgan on Good Morning Britain. Photograph: ITV.

Keir Starmer is challenged by Piers Morgan on Good Morning Britain. Photograph: ITV. - Credit: Archant

Keir Starmer has hit back at suggestions from Piers Morgan that he should be laughing at how the government has handled the coronavirus response.

The Good Morning Britain host asked how he 'wasn't laughing out loud' at the claims from the prime minister over how his government has responded.

'When Boris Johnson stands there and says, 'I'm very proud of our record and how we've handled the pandemic', I mean how do you stop laughing out loud in incredulity?' asked the presenter.

But taking a more serious tone, Starmer said it was hard to find the government's incompetence during a pandemic funny.

'The reason I don't laugh is because I think of the 65,000 people who have died of coronavirus and their families,' he explained.

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