I’m going to wear boxing gloves at PMQs, jokes Keir Starmer on campaign trail

Labour leader Keir Starmer during a visit to the Vulcan Boxing Club in Hull, East Yorkshire

Labour leader Keir Starmer during a visit to the Vulcan Boxing Club in Hull, East Yorkshire - Credit: PA

Labour leader Keir Starmer has quipped he is going to start wearing boxing gloves at the despatch box as he campaigned for Labour in Hull.

Starmer donned pristine red gloves sporting the logo “vote Labour” as he was shown the ropes at the Vulcan Boxing Club in the city on Friday.

The leader of the opposition took off his jacket and began giving a red punchbag everything he had, joking: “I’m going to be wearing these at Prime Minister’s Question Time.”

Warming to the idea as he posed for pictures, Starmer held up the gloves and said: “Walking into PMQs.”

And, as he aimed more heavy blows at the bag, he shouted: “My next question….and finally….”

He said: “One day, I’ve got to do it.”

Seb Glazer, who runs the Vulcan Centre where the boxing club meets, joked with Sir Keir about the prospect of a pugilistic Commons confrontation.

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The Labour leader laughed, suggesting: “The last question is from Seb. Fantastic.”

Glazer suggested Sir Keir watch professional Hull cruiserweight Sonny Taylor take aim at another bag.

The politician, still wearing his white shirt and suit trousers, said he was “similar”.

He confessed to Glazer that he has no experience of boxing and laughed when he was told he was not allowed to punch anyone due to Covid regulations.

Sir Keir toured the Vulcan Centre, which he heard had become a beacon for the community during the pandemic – offering sporting activities, training and one of the largest food banks in Hull.

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