The Labour leader said he hoped to see the first female Labour Prime Minister one day but acknowledged the three ‘brilliant and strong women’ around him supercharging the party into the next general election; Rachel Reeves and Ms Rayner.
Angela Rayner will be the next British Deputy Prime Minister, Keir Starmer insisted on live television this morning after condemning Parliamentary culture as “sexist and misogynistic”.
The Labour leader gushed over his colleague describing her as a “fantastic and formidable woman” and a “brilliant politician” in her own right who has so much to offer the British people.
Ms Rayner on Sunday hit back at “vile lies” from Conservative MPs who claimed that she crosses her legs in the Commons to distract Boris Johnson in an article published by the right-wing Mail on Sunday.
The article unleashed a wave of criticism over the sexism and snobbery of the claims from across the House of Commons, including from the Prime Minister.
Mr Starmer told This Morning that almost every woman in politics has experienced some kind of sexism and misogyny and said no one should have to put up with it, including Ms Rayner.
“I actually think it’s a culture thing, and therefore going after one or two individuals isn’t enough. We’ve got to change the culture in Parliament.
“For politicians like Angela, they are absolutely entitled to make their political argument in absolutely the same way as everybody else”.
The Labour leader noted his party are going into the local elections from a “fantastic” position, which many have argued, could put them in good stead heading into the next general election.
“I’m leader of the Labour Party and I want to be Prime Minister of Britain.
“Angela and I are a team. We work together we discuss things, we run up the pitch together and we run back down the pitch together and she will be Deputy Prime Minister.
“What she what what her as Deputy Prime Minister would say for the country, in my view? Fantastic.”
The widely-condemned article about Ms Rayner comes as amid reports three Tory Cabinet ministers including two Labour Shadow Cabinet ministers are facing allegations of sexual misconduct, according to the Sunday Times.
Mr Starmer exuded confidence sitting alongside Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield for the first time, claiming Labour was in a “fantastic” position ahead of the local elections.