Note handed to Starmer in Commons detailed Queen’s ill heath, Rayner reveals

The deputy Labour leader had to pass on the news without interrupting him in front of television cameras on 8 September, she says

Deputy Labour leader, Angela Rayner, has disclosed the contents of a mysterious note she was handed in the House of Commons on the day the Queen died.

Keir Starmer was giving his response to the government’s energy statement and the cost of living crisis when Nadhim Zahawi, chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, whispered into the prime minister’s ear before handing her a folded note on 8 September. A similar note was passed to Rayner, Starmer’s deputy.

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