Sunak on front line of ‘war against lanyards’, Starmer jokes after rainbow colours banned in civil service

Sir Keir Starmer joked that Rishi Sunak was on the front line of the “war against lanyards” after Esther McVey announced a ban on rainbow colours on the items if they are worn in the civil service.

The “minister for common sense” said other “random” lanyards would not be allowed part of a new series of measures for a Tory “war on woke” .

Ms McVey told the right-wing Centre for Policy Studies (CPS) think tank lanyards should be a “standard design.”

“Working in the civil service is all about leaving your political views at the building entrance,” she added.