Piers Morgan appalled at Keir Starmer’s Christmas card: ‘Got better from Corbyn!’

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Labour Party leader Keir Starmer will deliver his Christmas message today. Both Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the Leader of the Opposition will deliver separate messages to celebrate the festive season. Mr Starmer used last year’s message to praise the contributions of key workers, and that the COVID-19 vaccine offered “light at the end of the tunnel”.

The country is set to enjoy a more normal Christmas this year, but much of the UK will face restrictions after the big day.

Mr Johnson warned on Monday that he reserves the “possibility of taking further action” amid soaring cases of the Omicron variant.

The Welsh Government, meanwhile, has already announced its plan to introduce strict restrictions — indoor and outdoor events must take place behind closed doors from Boxing Day, and nightclubs will close the following day.

Mr Starmer, who said earlier this week that he will back further restrictions if they are in ‘the national interest’, was ridiculed last year by Piers Morgan over his Christmas card.

Then-Good Morning Britain host Mr Morgan told viewers and co-presenter Susanna Reid that he was on the Labour leader’s Christmas card list, but did not appreciate the way it was written.

Holding up the card, which featured a picture of Mr Starmer and his wife clapping on their doorstep, Mr Morgan read aloud the message inside.

He said: “I got a lovely card here from Sir Keir Starmer showing him and his wife clapping for health workers.

“And inside, ‘Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Best wishes, Keir Starmer.’”

Mr Morgan added: “It just says, printed out, ‘Dear friend’ — no name, no personalisation.

“It is fine, but a bit impersonal, Keir!

“Jezza [Jeremy Corbyn], to be fair to him, I got a ‘Dear Piers’ and I was much, much tougher on Corbyn.”

Mr Morgan was slightly more impressed with the card he received from then-President Donald Trump the year before.

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Upon his return from a festive break in Antigua, he boasted of his relationship with the outspoken President, showing a huge card to viewers.

Beneath a gold American flag were the hand-written signatures of Donald and wife Melania in bold red pen.

Mr Morgan came under fire himself last Christmas, as he spent the festive period in the Caribbean while the country was under Tier 3 restrictions.

Politics site Guido Fawkes called him out, tweeting: “Piers was publicly calling for Christmas to be cancelled and tougher restrictions.

“He flew to Antigua first class on Virgin before Christmas Day.”

The journalist hit back, however, insisting he had not broken any rules.

He said: “Hi Guido, Happy New Year.

“1) The [Government] said travel abroad from Tier 3 was allowed if people went straight to the airport.

“2) I didn’t call for Christmas to be cancelled. 3) I haven’t flown on Virgin for a year.

“4) I last flew First Class in February. Otherwise, spot on!”

Vast swathes of the country were plunged into Tier 4 lockdown shortly after Christmas.

Stay at home orders remained in place until March 29, when the rule of six was introduced and friends and families could meet outside.

Outdoor hospitality opened two weeks later, in ‘Step 2’ of the Government’s roadmap.

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