'More to Your Left': Labour Leader Starmer Fails Lorry Parking Test
20:50 GMT 12.10.2021 (Updated: 15:24 GMT 28.05.2023)
Starmer hit the headlines a year ago when he knocked down a Deliveroo cyclist with his 4X4 on a residential street in his north London constituency — precisely the kind of "zero hours" contract worker his party has pledged to help.
Labour Leader Sir Keir Starmer has come a-cropper behind the wheel again — this time while learning to park a lorry.
Starmer travelled to the National Logistics Academy in Greengate, near Oldham in Manchester on Tuesday, one of many centres training drivers to make up the shortage of 100,000 Heavy Goods Vehicle (HGV) drivers claimed by the Road Haulage Association.
He was treated to a free lesson in how to handle a truck — but found going backwards harder than his 'Captain Hindsight' nickname would suggest.
"More to your left!" his instructor warned the right-of-centre leader, with no apparent irony, as Starmer complained he couldn't see where he was going on that side.
But it was too late: the would-be future prime minister hit an obstacle behind him, knocking it down. "You'd have failed your test," the instructor said. "OK, very good," Starmer replied.
Local Labour MP Jim McMahon claimed in a tweet that Starmer "did a great job at driving a truck" — prompting jibes from users.
12 October 2021, 16:10 GMT
Starmer hit the headlines a year ago when he managed to collide his SUV with a Deliveroo cyclist on a residential street in his north London constituency — precisely the kind of "zero hours" contract worker his party has pledged to help.
The Twitterati were driven to hysterics by Sir Keir's latest reversal.
Thank goodness there were no cyclists about!— Aaron Bastani (@AaronBastani) October 12, 2021