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Steve Coogan accuses Keir Starmer of waiting to see ‘which way the wind blows’ as the former Jeremy Corbyn backer attacks the Labour leader


  • Steve Coogan, 58, who was Corbyn and Miliband backer, attacks Keir Starmer

Steve Coogan has accused Sir Keir Starmer of waiting to see ‘which way the wind blows’ in a damning attack on the Labour leader.

The Alan Partridge star, 58, was a prominent backer of Jeremy Corbyn and Ed Miliband but said his dissatisfaction meant he was now ‘politically homeless‘.

The actor said claimed there was now little choice between Labour and Rishi Sunak‘s Government, accusing Sir Keir of ‘reinforcing the establishment’.

Coogan told the BBC: ‘I’ve got a big problem with Keir Starmer.

Pointed attack: Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has been accused by Steve Coogan of waiting to see 'which way the wind blows' in a damning attack

Pointed attack: Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has been accused by Steve Coogan of waiting to see ‘which way the wind blows’ in a damning attack

Backer: Steve Coogan (left) with former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn (right)

Backer: Steve Coogan (left) with former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn (right)

‘In the morning, he licks his finger, sticks it up in the air, sees which way the wind is blowing and that’s his attitude. When Gary Lineker tweeted about refugees, Keir Starmer wheeled out Emily Thornberry to quietly admonish Gary for his unwise choice of words, while he was hiding in the background to see which way the wind blows.

‘The next day, when a tsunami of public support for Gary’s sentiments emerged, guess what – Keir was right behind Gary!

‘What a surprise. I am completely politically homeless. You can have a choice between a Right-wing government that reinforces the establishment and protects vested interests or a government that does that, but slightly less with a slightly different emphasis.

‘That’s not much of a choice.’

Coogan has been a long-time Labour supporter. In 2015, he appealed to the electorate to vote for then-leader Ed Miliband and two years later he appeared at an election rally with Jeremy Corbyn.

He was among the signatories of a much-criticised letter by Artists for Palestine UK which accused the Government of ‘aiding and abetting’ war crimes.

He later condemned Hamas’s ‘terrorist attacks on Israel’, which the letter failed to do.



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