Protester throws glitter over Keir Starmer during conference speech

A man stormed the stage of the Labour Party conference as Keir Starmer was starting his speech.

A protester has stormed the stage of the Labour conference and thrown glitter over Keir Starmer.

The party leader was about to begin his keynote speech when a man ran on stage and began shouting.

After being interrupted by the heckler, Starmer opened his speech by saying: “If he thinks that bothers me he doesn’t know me.

“Protest or power, that is why we changed our party conference.”

Starmer is set to promise a “decade of national renewal”, suggesting his party will be in government until the mid-2030s, as he unveils a house-building mission during the speech in Liverpool.

Despite his party enjoying consistent double-digit poll leads over the Tories, Sir Keir will acknowledge on Tuesday that some voters still need to be given a reason to back his party at the general election expected next year.

Labour began its conference buoyed by by-election success in Rutherglen and Hamilton West and insiders are hopeful of picking up dozens more seats from the SNP at the general election – something which could help Sir Keir overturn a still sizeable Tory majority in Westminster.

“For the first time in a long time we can see a tide that is turning,” Sir Keir will say.

“Four nations that are renewing. Old wounds of division – exploited by the Tories and the SNP – beginning to heal.”

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