Watch: Richard Madeley asks if Angela Rayner is Keir Starmer’s ‘best girl’
Richard Madeley left viewers cringing after asking Sir Keir Starmer if his deputy Angela Rayner was still his “best girl” on Monday.
Richard was questioning the Labour leader on Good Morning Britain over recent newspaper reports that Angela was being pushed out of the spotlight after calling the government “Tory scum” in September – a moment Sir Keir allegedly found “embarrassing”.
Angela has not been carrying out many interviews in the weeks since.
Yet the leader of the opposition replied: “That’s not true – every Sunday I get all of the newspapers and I faithfully go through them and read lots of things that bear no relation to the truth.”
Richard asked: “So she’s still your best girl is she?”
Sir @Keir_Starmer is challenged over the reports that Angela Rayner is being sidelined following her comments at the Labour Party Conference last month.@ranvir01 | @richardm56
Watch GMB 👉 https://t.co/6iQ6ebeOEQpic.twitter.com/ssF4aSykJP
— Good Morning Britain (@GMB) October 25, 2021
Sir Keir continued: “What I would say in all seriousness is that Angela Rayner has had a bereavement of someone very close to her, as someone she treated as more or less as her mother.
“She’s had a very hard week – and she’s got a funeral coming up in relation to that.
“Her absence is actually to do with that bereavement rather than anything else.
“But as I say, I enjoy reading the papers and hearing all sorts of stories that bear no relation to the truth.”
Jack McKenna, head of communications for Angela, expressed his frustration at Richard’s decision to call the deputy Labour leader a “best girl”.
He corrected Richard on Twitter, writing: ”*woman, **most senior woman in the Labour Party, ***elected with her own mandate.”
**most senior woman in the Labour Party
***elected with her own mandate https://t.co/25YE8OH2cm
— Jack McKenna (@_jackmckenna) October 25, 2021
GMB viewers also took to Twitter to call out Richard for calling an elected public figure a “girl”...
"She's still your best girl"?
Really? Richard Madeley?
— Femi (@Femi_Sorry) October 25, 2021
— Sharon Thompson🌹😷 🇰🇳 (@Ms_SThompson) October 25, 2021
— 275 (@FrankTJMackay) October 25, 2021
— AnnieMM #FBPE (@AnnieMM_M) October 25, 2021
Richard Madeley asking if Angela Rayner "is still your best girl" is giving me the ick https://t.co/LJMYm67awC
— Ben Twomey (@BenTwomeyUK) October 25, 2021
— Jacqui Riley 😷😷😷💙💙💙💙🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈🌈 (@jacquiriley) October 25, 2021
'still your best girl' WTF does that mean?
— Deb 🇪🇺💙 (@debbie693939) October 25, 2021
Always love to see Alan Patridge is keeping well these days... https://t.co/Bq2l4rmUxY
— Hasan ⚡️🃏🇬🇧 (@Hasanityy) October 25, 2021
"she still your best girl?"
Yet another creepy comment
— Alasdair Kirby 🏋️🥋🤼🖥️🎞️🏴🇪🇺 (@Alasdairpkirby) October 25, 2021
Richard Madeley actually just called the Deputy Leader of the Labour Party Keir Starmer's "best girl".
Why hasn't a dinosaur like him been consigned to the dustbin of media history, or the ignominy of the graveyard slot on North Norfolk Digital?@AccidentalP#AccidentalPartridgehttps://t.co/ga4ks8dWlZ
— Jon Owen (@anotherJon) October 25, 2021
This article originally appeared on HuffPost UK and has been updated.