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Watch: Starmer’s Dalek impersonation

Oh dear. The stage was all set this morning for Sir Keir’s big speech, responding to yesterday’s Blairite tribute by Rishi Sunak. His sleeves were rolled up, the podium looked reassuringly solid and the factory backdrop was suitably metaphorical. But then came the technical issues: the curse of any aspirant Prime Minister hoping to show he has grip on detail.

The microphone this morning unfortunately made Sir Keir sound like a Dalek hell-bent on regional devolution. His croaky voice eventually cut out completely, just ten minutes after he had begun, no doubt devastating his army of Keirleaders across the country. And just when he had got to the good bit about ‘restoring trust’. Fortunately for the Starmtroopers, normal service resumed shortly, allowing the nation to hear once more the oratorical prowess of captain charisma himself.

Not great for a man who wants to be heard. Let’s hope the broadcaster responsible isn’t ‘exterminated’ by the Labour press office…

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