Keir Starmer has doubled down on his second jobs hypocrisy by attending a book launch by one of his own frontbenchers. Nick Thomas-Symonds had spent the last fortnight promoting his 544 page biography of Harold Wilson, for which Starmer had already provided a quote for the cover. On Wednesday night the Labour leader joined Thomas-Symonds for the official launch of his book (the book itself had already been on sale for a week).
Thomas-Symonds was also joined by Sky News presenter Wilfred Frost (son of David). Frost appeared to throw his impartiality out of the window by praising the book and its author in a tweet. "A great launch for a fabulous book, which I highly recommend. Congrats Nick!" he wrote.
Keir Starmer has repeatedly called for the banning of second jobs for MPs, with 'limited exceptions for public service'. A good example of such an exception would be NHS doctor Rosena Allin-Khan, who is also a Labour frontbencher. However, is a biographer or author really a 'public service' role Sir Keir?
Two other Labour frontbenchers - Anneliese Dodds and Catherine West - didn't take exception to Nick's second job as the latter proudly tweeted her attendance along with a photo posing with the author.
|Keir Starmer at the book launch, while the author (left) and Wilfred Frost|
(right) look on
|Labour frontbencher Catherine West poses with the author while her colleague|
Anneliese Dodds can be seen in the background (red dress)
Rampant hypocrisy in action.