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The Labour leader was criticised last week after describing BLM as a “moment” and suggesting the aims of some campaigners to “defund the police” were “nonsense”.
But Starmer insisted he meant that the BLM protests in the wake of George Floyd’s death in US police custody needed to be a “defining moment” and a “turning point”.
He also said he was “uncomfortable” about police’s treatment of Black Team GB sprinter Bianca Williams and her partner and questioned whether officers’ use of handcuffs was justified when they stopped and searched the pair while they were driving with their three-month-old baby in west London on Saturday.
Responding to controversy about his comments on BLM, Starmer told Call Keir on LBC: “What I was saying last week was that Black Lives Matter needs to be a moment, and I meant a defining moment, a turning point, I didn’t mean a fleeting moment.
“So I was saying let’s not get bogged down in some of the organisational issues, let’s treat it for what it is – a moment, a turning point, a defining moment.
“I have to admit that if I’d put the word defining actually into the moment it would have been a lot easier but that’s what I meant.”
He also revealed that everyone in the Labour party would be taking a two to three hour course of unconscious bias training, designed to make people aware of how they may discriminate without thinking about it.
'Will you undergo unconscious bias training' after referring to #BlackLivesMatter as a "moment"?— LBC...
Keir Starmer says he should have said "defining moment". He adds he is "going to lead from the front" and take the training.#CallKeir| https://t.co/cEAAm0zjQ6pic.twitter.com/jMrrcu1MYb