Sir Keir Starmer’s mother-in-law has died two weeks after suffering an accident, it was revealed today.
The mother of the Labour leadership hopeful’s wife had been in critical condition following the incident last month.
Sir Keir cancelled his appearance at a hustings in Nottingham this weekend to be with his family.
And Jenny Chapman, the chair of his campaign, announced on Twitter this afternoon: ‘My thoughts and prayers are with Keir Starmer and his family. Keir’s mother-in-law died yesterday following an accident two weeks ago.
‘Thank you to everyone for being so kind and supportive and for respecting his family’s privacy at this difficult time.’
Shadow cabinet member Sir Keir was due to take part in hustings with other candidates in the battle to succeed Jeremy Corbyn on Saturday and Sunday (he is pictured last weekend during a party leadership hustings)
And Jenny Chapman, the chair of his campaign, announced the news on Twitter this afternoon
Sir Keir pulled out of campaign events for a number of days in January after his mother-in-law was admitted to hospital following an accident.
At the time the shadow cabinet member thanked people for their ‘support and kindness’ in what he said had been – and would continue to be – a ‘very difficult time’.
Polls have regularly been suggesting that Sir Keir is likely to come out on top in the leadership ballot in which he is pitted against Rebecca Long-Bailey, Emily Thornberry and Lisa Nandy.
At a rally in Sheffield on Friday night, Ms Long-Bailey pledged to back workers and trade unions in every strike and dispute ‘no questions asked’ if she succeeds in becoming Labour leader.
The shadow business secretary said the party’s path back to power after its worst general election defeat since 1935 is by ‘rebuilding’ the trade union movement.
She added that the next leader must be ‘as comfortable on the picket line as at the dispatch box’ and commit to giving workers a ‘right to unplug’ from emails and calls outside of work hours.
‘As leader, I’ll put trade unions at the heart of Labour’s path to power, and back workers in every dispute,’ she said.
Keir Starmer speaks during the Labour leadership hustings at Cardiff City Hall last weekend. He will not take part in any campaign events this weekend