Labour shadow attorney general caught on tape saying Covid is ‘a gift that keeps on giving’ for rich City lawyers

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THE LABOUR shadow attorney general has been caught on tape saying Covid is "a gift that keeps on giving" for rich City lawyers, it has been reported.

Lord Falconer reportedly said the words during a briefing for a top City firm staffed by millionaire lawyers. 

A recording has been revealed of Lord Falconer saying Covid is 'a gift that keeps on giving' for rich City lawyers

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A recording has been revealed of Lord Falconer saying Covid is 'a gift that keeps on giving' for rich City lawyersCredit: Alamy

He inisits he was referring to changes in the law as a result of the pandemic.

A source told Mail On Sunday that the peer said he regretted his choice of words.

Lord Falconer is a full-time member of the Shadow Cabinet and a partner the international law firm Gibson Dunn, where his duties have included leading its Covid-19 UK Task Force.

Labour leader Keir Starmer is now reportedly facing backlash for Lord Falconer's comments.

In the explosive recording obtained by The Mail on Sunday, Lord Falconer can be heard introducing a Gibson Dunn "webinar" on '"how the law has been changed by Covid".

He said: "This is a gift that keeps on giving, the law keeps on changing, keeps on getting more complicated, and is always interesting."

The webinar was on June 29, when 43,575 people had died of Covid-19 in the UK.

A source close to Lord Falconer told the paper: "Charlie was referring to the pace at which the Government is making changes to the law.

"He regrets his choice of words, which he understands could be misinterpreted."

This is a gift that keeps on giving, the law keeps on changing, keeps on getting more complicated, and is always interesting.

Lord Falconer

A source present at the meeting said: "Lord Falconer's comments to a group of legal advisers were solely about it being an interesting time to study the law."

The bombshell recordings come during a tough week for Mr Starmer and his party after he's had to apologise to Boris Johnson for making false accusations in the Commonss

Mr Starmer called it "complete nonsense" for Mr Johnson to claim that he had wanted Britain's vaccines to remain under the regulation of the European Medicines Agency post-Brexit.

The Labour leader later had to admit the charge was true.

The bust up came following a tetchy PMQs at which the pair traded barbs over the UK's jabs rollout.

Labour's leader got himself into hot water by claiming he had never called for Britain to stay in the EU's medicines agency.

The PM quoted past remarks Sir Keir had made questioning why the UK was leaving the body.

He said: "If we had listened to [Sir Keir] we would still be at the starting blocks because he wanted to stay in the European Medicines Agency and said so four times from that despatch box.

But in ill-tempered scenes the Labour leader responded: "Complete nonsense. Don't let the truth get in the way of a pre-prepared gag.

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"The Prime Minister knows I've never said that, from this despatch box or anywhere else, the truth escapes him."

A spokeswoman for Sir Keir later said: "This afternoon during Prime Minister's Questions, Keir misheard the Prime Minister and assumed he was making the same false accusation again.

"Keir accepts that, on this occasion, the Prime Minister was referring to old comments about the European Medicines Agency and Keir admits he was wrong and made a mistake in his response."

Sir Keir and the PM had a heated exchange after PMQs today

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Sir Keir and the PM had a heated exchange after PMQs todayCredit: PA:Press Association

The PM said Sir Keir wanted to remain in the European Medicines Agency - which would have delayed vaccines for Brits

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The PM said Sir Keir wanted to remain in the European Medicines Agency - which would have delayed vaccines for BritsCredit: AFP or licensors

Boris Johnson accuses Labour's Keir Starmer of wanting to remain in European Medicines Agency in Covid vaccine row

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