Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has started the traditional conference interview with the BBC’s Andrew Marr.
Asked if he would bring in foreign HGV drivers to deal with the current crisis, Sir Keir said: “It is a complete crisis. We’ve got shortages in our supermarkets, taxes going up for hardworking families and the Government taking away £1,000 from those who need it most.
“We are going to have to bring in more drivers and more visas. And I’m astonished that the Government, knowing the situation, is not acting today. The Prime Minister needs to say what he’s going to do – there are 100,000 vacancies for drivers.”
Sir Keir said that, out of three petrol stations he saw in Brighton yesterday, one had a “massive queue” and the other two had signs saying “no fuel”.
“For a long time we’ve heard there’s a problem with HGV drivers. But we knew when we exited the EU that we needed a backup plan to deal with the situation.”
Pressed on if as Prime Minister he…