Keir Starmer takes a dress-down tour of the Berlin Wall as he tries to burnish statesman credentials while Tory civil war rages at home
Keir Starmer is on tour in Germany as the Tory civil war rages back in Britain.
The Labour leader has has been trying to burnish his statesman credentials with the trip, including a dress-down visit to the Berlin wall today.
Sir Keir wore a black polo shirt as he posed by the East Side Gallery section of the landmark, erected in 1961 by the communist authorities to separate East and West Berlin.
Most of the wall was demolished from 1990 after the two sides of the city were reunited the year before.
Keir Starmer wore a black polo shirt as he posed by the East Side Gallery section of the landmark, erected in 1961 by the communist authorities to separate East and West Berlin
Sir keir has been joined by shadow foreign secretary David Lammy (right) on the visit
The gallery section of the wall Sir Keir viewed includes a piece painted by Dmitri Vrubel called My God, Help Me To Survive This Deadly Love, which depicts then-leader of the Soviet Union Leonid Brezhnev and former East Germany leader Erich Honecker in a socialist fraternal kiss.
Sir Keir’s visit takes him away from the turmoil in the UK as the Tories whittle down the field to replace Boris Johnson.
Labour has been demanding an early general election, and a confidence vote is due to be held in the government on Monday – although it looks doomed to fail.
Sir Keir is meeting German Chancellor Olaf Scholz with the pair expected to discuss Brexit and mutual economic prosperity between the UK and Germany.
Beginning his two-day trip to Berlin yesterday Sir Keir met Wolfgang Schmidt, Germany’s federal minister for special affairs, head of the chancellery and commissioner for the Federal Intelligence Service.
He has been joined by shadow foreign secretary David Lammy on the visit.
The pair also visited the Memorial To The Murdered Jews Of Europe, where they took a guided tour around the holocaust memorial.
Sir Keir views the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe in Berlin