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Richard Madeley ‘reiterates that death threats are never acceptable’ after backlash over Keir Starmer remark on Good Morning Britain

Richard Madeley has issued a statement on Good Morning Britain after being criticised for his remark on death threats made against Keir Starmer, saying that they are ‘never acceptable’.

Earlier this week, it was reported that an investigation had been launched into death threats made against Sir Keir Starmer, after Boris Johnson made the false claim that the Labour leader failed to prosecute paedophile Jimmy Savile.

On Tuesday’s edition of GMB, Richard brought up the threats Sir Keir has experienced, explaining that there are trolls who have been ‘calling for his execution’ online.

After Andrew Pierce, consultant editor of the Daily Mail, said that ‘politicians get that all the time’, the presenter responded: ‘Well I was going to say, actually, is that that big a deal?’

Following backlash from viewers, Richard has addressed the comment on Wednesday’s show, emphasising ‘the obvious statement’ that death threats are not ‘acceptable’.

‘It was a really busy show yesterday, we had so much to do. I want to say one thing very quickly at the top here,’ he said at the beginning of the programme.

‘I tried to pose a question on one of our early discussions on the programme about how prolific online death threats are. I didn’t actually quite press it properly, I didn’t go into it enough.

‘I just want to reiterate the obvious statement that death threats clearly are never acceptable.’

The Prime Minister was recently lambasted after he falsely claimed that Sir Keir failed to prosecute Savile when he was director of the Crown Prosecution Service.

In 2013, Sir Keir issued an apology for the decision not to press charges against notorious child sex offender in 2009 when a victim came forward.

However, the politician did not play a direct role in the decision not to prosecute, a move that went ahead due to lack of evidence.

Earlier this month, while the Prime Minister refused to apologise for his comment on Sir Keir, he later backtracked on his remarks, stating: ‘I want to be very clear about this because a lot of people have got very hot under the collar.

‘I’m talking not about the leader of the opposition’s personal record when he was when he was DPP and I totally understand that he had nothing to do personally with those decisions.

‘I was making a point about his responsibility for the organisation as a whole, and I think people can see that.’

Good Morning Britain airs weekdays from 6am on ITV.

 


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