The Labour Party opened its conference today in Liverpool with a flawless rendition of the national anthem and a minute’s silence in tribute to the late Queen Elizabeth II. The tribute, the first time the national anthem has been sung at the Labour conference, was seen as an attempt to distance Sir Keir Starmer from his predecessor Jeremy Corbyn. However, GB News’ Tom Harwood mocked Labour Party officials for printing out the seven lines of the anthem to ensure nothing went wrong.
The printed-out words were handed out to each party delegate as they entered the conference this morning.
Mr Harwood claimed party officials were worried many delegates “needed reminding” of the anthem amid concerns within party ranks that the rendition could go awry.
He remarked: “For the first time ever, the national anthem was sung. It went off without a hitch.
“Of course, they had a lot of organisation beforehand to make sure it went well.
“They even printed out the words of the national anthem and handed them to delegates.”
Holding up the anthem leaflet, Mr Harwood added: “It is not the longest anthem in the world, nor the hardest to remember, but clearly they felt some people might have needed reminding.”
Many praised the anthem and minute silence for heralding a “new era” for Labour.
Ben Walker, from Britain Elects, tweeted: “No sign of protest in the hall. No dissent. Labour’s members rise to sing the national anthem. New era? Feels it.”
Former Labour MP Mike Gapes echoed this: “Moving tribute to Queen Elizabeth from @Keir_Starmer followed by minute silence and singing of the National Anthem at Labour Conference in Liverpool.
“Labour now clearly once again has a patriotic leadership which will work in the national interest. What a contrast to Corbyn era.”