Starmer refuses to say when Sue Gray was first approached for Labour role

Sir Keir Starmer has dodged questions about when Labour first approached partygate investigator Sue Gray with the offer of a senior role. It comes amid a furious reaction from Boris Johnson and his allies to the news that Ms Gray is planning to become the Labour leader’s chief of staff, as he sought to use her move to discredit the Privileges Committee inquiry into whether he lied to the House of Commons over lockdown breaches. The Labour leader, who visited Londonderry on Friday after Rishi Sunak secured his Windsor Framework deal earlier this week, batted away questions about when conversations first began with the high-profile Whitehall civil servant.