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Asked concerning the “Sir Sleepy” accusation by the Tories in opposition to 61-year-old Sir Keir Starmer, Work and Pensions Secretary Mel Stride informed Sky News: “It’s not a term that I have used or would use.

“I think whatever age you are in life, I think people have a huge amount to contribute. I’m in the same bracket so I should declare an interest.

“But equally what does matter is what you stand for. He’s trying to keep as low a profile as possible, not telling us what he stands for, having no plan and expecting to just drift over the line and that is not good enough and that is why Sir Keir Starmer should step up to the plate and debate with our Prime Minister every week.

“Every week we should be applying that scrutiny so we can actually find out what No Idea Keir is all about.”