'Get out of my pub!': Landlord tells Starmer to leave during Bath walkabout

Ross McGuinness
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Watch: Sir Keir Starmer kicked out of Bath pub by landlord

An angry landlord has told Sir Keir Starmer to get out of his pub in Bath.

The Labour Party leader was ordered to leave during a walkabout in the Somerset city on Monday.

Video footage posted on social media showed Rod Humphris, landlord of The Raven pub, shouting at Starmer to leave.

“That man is not allowed in my pub,” shouted Humphris, who appeared to be held back by Starmer’s security team.

“Get out of my pub,” added Humphris. “Go on! Get out of my pub."

Screengrab taken from PA video of Rod Humphris (centre) landlord of the Raven pub grapples with a member of Keir Starmer's team after refusing entry to the Labour leader (left) during his visit to Bath. Mr Starmer was visiting the city to support West of England metro mayoral candidate Dan Norris and mark Labour's launch of an independent Commission to rebuild Britain's high streets. Picture date: Monday April 19, 2021.
Pub landlord Rod Humphris, centre, grapples with a member of Sir Keir Starmer's team after telling the Labour leader to leave the premises at The Raven in Bath, Somerset, on Monday. (PA)
Screengrab taken from PA video of Rod Humphris (back left) landlord of the Raven pub refuses entry to Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer (front) during his visit to Bath. Mr Starmer was visiting the city to support West of England metro mayoral candidate Dan Norris and mark Labour's launch of an independent Commission to rebuild Britain's high streets. Picture date: Monday April 19, 2021.
Rod Humphris, back left, tells Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer to leave his pub in Bath, Somerset, on Monday. (PA)

In the clip, Starmer, wearing a black face mask, walks out of the door.

After the incident, Humphris, 54, told PA Media why he ejected Starmer from his pub.

“I had heard that the Labour Party were coming round and he turned up and I told him what I thought of him, basically.

“I think he has utterly failed us as the leader of the opposition, he has completely failed to ask the questions that needed asking, like, why did we throw away our previous pandemic preparedness?

“Why have we just accepted lockdown? Why have we just accepted the loss of all our freedoms?”

Humphris, who said he does not agree with coronavirus lockdowns, added: “He walked into my pub without asking and I threw him out. 

“Or at least, I did my best to throw him out – his security got in the way.”

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer listens to Rod Humphris (right), landlord of The Raven pub in Bath, as he shouts how disappointed he is with him and the Labour party during the pandemic, consequently asking him to leave and banning him from the pub,. Mr Starmer was visiting the city to support West of England metro mayoral candidate Dan Norris and mark Labour's launch of an independent Commission to rebuild Britain's high streets. Picture date: Monday April 19, 2021.
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer listens to Rod Humphris, right, landlord of The Raven pub in Bath. (PA)

The Raven’s co-owner Tim Perry later told Yahoo News UK the angry scenes were partly due to a "misunderstanding" between Starmer’s team and pub staff.

Perry, who owns the pub with Humphris, said: "Labour asked if Keir Starmer could come into the pub, and we said yes, but we didn’t know any of them.

"There was a misunderstanding – my partner had been talking to Sir Keir Starmer in the street and I think they thought he was just a member of the public.

"It then all got a bit heated when [Starmer] came into the pub.

"I was taken aback by how strong [Humphris's] opinions were. He was very angry, and I think he even surprised himself with his own strength of feeling."

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer (left) listens to Rod Humphris (centre), landlord of The Raven pub in Bath, as he shouts how disappointed he is with him and the Labour party during the pandemic, consequently asking him to leave and banning him from the pub,. Mr Starmer was visiting the city to support West of England metro mayoral candidate Dan Norris and mark Labour's launch of an independent Commission to rebuild Britain's high streets. Picture date: Monday April 19, 2021.
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer (left) listens to Rod Humphris (centre), landlord of The Raven pub in Bath, as he shouts how disappointed he is with him and the Labour party during the pandemic (PA)

Perry would not confirm other reports that Humphris had been restrained by a member of Starmer’s security after "manhandling a female member of staff", saying he "didn’t see it".

Perry had reportedly earlier said Humphris’s views "did not reflect those of the pub", and the pub had tweeted that there was no intention to "hijack" Starmer's visit to the city.

The Labour Party press office said on Twitter that it would “not be amplifying” the footage.

The party said: “A clip circulating online shows Keir Starmer being confronted by someone spreading dangerous misinformation about the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We will not be amplifying it.

“Keir argued that our NHS staff have been working tirelessly to protect public health and that restrictions – while painful – have been absolutely necessary to save lives.”

For his part, Humphris said he gave Starmer a “piece of my mind”, adding: “I would say this to any politician – it’s not a partisan matter.”

During the heated exchange, Starmer was seen handing Humphris a pen.

The pair also talked outside the pub, when the landlord vented his anger about pubs being closed during the coronavirus pandemic.

Pubs are allowed to serve customers outside after an easing of England's coronavirus lockdown last Monday.

Watch: Customers flock to pubs in England after lockdown easing