The Labour Party reacts to Prince Philip the Duke of Edinburgh’s death

High-profile figures within the Labour Party have shared their reactions to the death of HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh who died today, aged 99. 

Buckingham Palace confirmed the Duke of Edinburgh passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle. 

Labour leader Keir Starmer said: “The United Kingdom has lost an extraordinary public servant in Prince Philip.

“Prince Philip dedicated his life to our country – from a distinguished career in the Royal Navy during the Second World War to his decades of service as the Duke of Edinburgh.”

He added: “He will be remembered most of all for his extraordinary commitment and devotion to The Queen.”

The party has suspended all campaigning today as a mark of respect for the Duke of Edinburgh’s passing. 

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair also shared a statement.

He said: “Our whole nation will be united in sadness at the passing of Prince Philip.

“He will naturally be most recognised as a remarkable and steadfast support to the Queen over so many years. 

“He was often way ahead of his time in the creation of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, which remains one of the most innovative and effective programmes for the betterment of young people anywhere in the world.”

David Lammy Shadow Lord Chancellor and MP for Tottenham tweeted:

Meanwhile, former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn drew ire from some after retweeting a post marking the six-month anniversary of the leftist government of Bolivia some time after news of the Duke of Edinburgh’s death broke, which he promptly removed.

He has since tweeted his condolences to the duke’s family.

You can read all of SWL’s Prince Philip coverage here.

Featured image credit: Chris McAndrew / UK Parliament via Wikimedia Commons under CC BY 3.0 license

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