Sir Keir said he has criticized the Tory party for causing “chaos” and called for a “proper change of government”.
Boris Johnson has announced he is leaving his post after mass resignations of ministers and MPs made it clear his position was untenable.
What did Sir Keir Starmer say?
The Labor leader said it was “good news for the country” that Mr Johnson was stepping down but said “it should have happened a long time ago”.
Sir Keir released a statement in response to the news on social media, writing on Twitter: “It is good news for the country that Boris Johnson has stepped down as Prime Minister. But it should have happened a long time ago.
“He was always unfit for office. He has blamed lies, scandals and fraud on an industrial scale. And all who were complicit should be deeply ashamed.
“The Tory party has wreaked havoc on the country during the cost of living crisis for decades and they cannot now pretend to be the ones fixing it. They have been in power for 12 years.
“The damage they have done is profound. 12 years of economic stagnation, 12 years of declining public services, 12 years of empty promises. Enough is enough.
“We don’t need to change the Tory leadership – we need a proper change of government.
“We need a fresh start for Britain.”
What did Sir Keir say during the PMQs?
Sir Keir ridiculed the Prime Minister’s “dying” political career and said that any Tory MP who still backed him lacked “a spark of integrity”.
During the Prime Minister’s Questions (PMQs) on Wednesday (July 6), Mr Johnson insisted he would not “trivialize what happened” when asked if he had ever said “pincher by name, pincher by nature”. with Sir Keir remarking, “No denial.”
After attempting to criticize Sir Keir’s “muddled” response to Brexit and other matters, Mr Johnson added: “He is himself facing a criminal investigation for which he has asked me to resign.”
Sir Keir countered: “What a pathetic spectacle. The final act of his political career is parroting this nonsense.
“As for the ones who are left – only in office because nobody else is willing to humiliate themselves. The charge of the light brigade. Have some self respect.
“For a week they’ve had to defend his decision to promote a sexual predator… anyone who knew anything about them would have been off their front seat long ago.
“In the middle of a crisis, doesn’t the country deserve better than a Z-list of nodding dogs?”