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Starmer performed best overall in Sky News leaders’ event, poll suggests

Sir Keir Starmer performed best overall in the Sky News leaders’ event, a snap YouGov poll suggests.

Almost two thirds – 64% – of those questioned said the Labour leader came out on top, compared to 36% who thought Prime Minister Rishi Sunak did better.

The question was: leaving aside your own party preference, who do you think performed best overall in tonight’s televised leaders’ event?

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During the event, Mr Sunak was questioned by Sky’s political editor Beth Rigby about the progress he has made on the five key priorities he set out at the start of last year.

He commented that junior doctors’ strikes have had an impact on NHS waiting lists – and was loudly booed by a member of the audience as a result.

Earlier, Sir Keir was left briefly speechless when an audience member accused him of being a “political robot”.

The man said he admired “how in touch with the public” the Labour leader appeared when he was director of public prosecutions.

He added: “But over the last year I feel like you have formed into more of a politician than the person I would have voted for to run the country. You seem more like a political robot. How are you going to convince others like me to vote for you?”

Sir Keir answered by speaking about his work in the Crown Prosecution Service, and added that he did not apologise for changing the Labour Party.

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