“Today our country, our people, this House are united in mourning,” Keir Starmer, the leader of the opposition Labour Party, has told the House of Commons as he paid tribute to the Queen.
“Queen Elizabeth II was this great country’s greatest monarch. And for the vast majority of us, it feels impossible to imagine a Britain without her,” Starmer said.
“Queen Elizabeth created a special personal relationship with us all.”
“She did not simply reign over us; she lived alongside us. She shared in our hopes and our fears, our joy and our pain, our good times and our bad,” Starmer added.
Like Prime Minister Liz Truss, the Labour leader singled out the Queen’s public intervention during the Covid-19 pandemic as a key moment in her rule.
“At the time we were most alone, at a time we’d been driven apart, she held the nation close in a way no-one else could have done.”
“For that, we say thank you.”