Keir Starmer tests positive for Covid AGAIN and will miss PMQs

Keir Starmer tests positive for Covid AGAIN and will miss first post-Christmas PMQs battle with Boris Johnson – as Angela Rayner steps in

Keir Starmer has tested positive for coronavirus again and will miss today’s PMQs battle with Boris Johnson.

A Labour spokesman revealed the leader has contracted the virus and deputy Angela Rayner will fill in for the Commons session later.

Sir Keir is not thought to have any symptoms but the infection was picked up as part of his regular testing routine. 

It is the latest setback for Sir Keir, who was forced to miss the Budget on October 27 after testing positive that day – just ten weeks ago.

The Omicron strain can evade previous immunity from infection and vaccination. 

Sir Keir has also had to isolate four other times during the pandemic. 

Keir Starmer has tested positive for coronavirus again and will miss today’s PMQs battle with Boris Johnson

Yesterday Sir Keir addressed an audience in Birmingham where he promised ‘straight leadership’ based on the values of ‘security, prosperity and respect’ if his party is returned to power.

Sir Keir tested positive on Budget day minutes before he was due to take on Mr Johnson at PMQs.

On that occasion shadow business secretary Ed Miliband stood in for that session, and shadow chancellor Rachel Reeves covered by responding to Rishi Sunak’s financial package. 

Prior to that Sir Keir isolated in July when one of his children tested positive. 

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