Deputy Labour Leader Angela Rayner has revealed what was written in the note she passed to Keir Starmer on the day of the Queen’s death as he spoke in the House of Commons.
The note, along with scenes showing PM Liz Truss being urgently briefed by Nadhim Zahawi at the same time, was the first sign that something urgent was going on outside the walls of Parliament.
Ms Truss had just delivered a major statement on energy costs on September 8 as she announced a price freeze for all households on their bills amid the cost of living crisis.
As Labour Leader Sir Keir rose and began his response to Ms Truss’ statement a little after midday, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Mr Zahawi entered the Commons and sat down next to the PM before urgently whispering in her ear.
Around the same moment, Ms Rayner was passed a note which said ‘in plain English’ that: ‘The Queen is unwell and Keir needs to leave the chamber as soon as possible to be briefed.’
She then faced choosing the right moment…