Labour Leader Accused of Hypocrisy Over Sex Offender Advert

Sir Keir Starmer Under Fire for Intervening in Sexting Case

The Labour Party has come under fire for publishing an advert accusing UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak of letting sex offenders walk free.

However, critics have accused Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer of “hypocrisy” over the advert, which emerged just days after it was revealed that he had intervened to drop a court case against a teacher accused of sexting a schoolboy during his time as Director of Public Prosecutions.


The case took place in 2013 and saw a primary school teacher stand trial for sending sexually explicit text messages to a 16-year-old.

The prosecutor stated that the case had been reviewed carefully at the highest level and met the evidential and public interest criteria, but was dropped after Sir Keir’s senior legal adviser ordered the Crown Prosecution Service in Wales to abandon it.


Tory MP Brendan Clarke-Smith accused Sir Keir of being a “hypocrite” and asked how many more “grubby cases” about his record were out there.

Meanwhile, the Labour Party’s advert, which claimed that 4,500 adults convicted of sexually assaulting children had avoided jail since 2010, has been described as “vile and desperate” by Tory deputy chairman Lee Anderson and “appalling” by Conservative MP Tobias Ellwood.


Even within the Labour Party, the advert has been criticised, with former shadow chancellor John McDonnell calling for it to be withdrawn.

He said: “This is not the sort of politics a Labour Party, confident of its own values and preparing to govern, should be engaged in.”

A Labour source said that Sir Keir did not remember being involved in the sexting case and that there could have been any number of reasons why it was dropped.

However, the timing of the advert has led many to question Labour’s judgement and the sincerity of its commitment to law and order.

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