Keir Starmer has retracted his criticism that Boris Johnson attacked the BBC over its coverage of Ukraine under pressure from the Conservatives.
The Labor leader sparked a furious uproar in the House of Commons when he referred to a newspaper report that the Prime Minister had “accused the BBC of not being sufficiently critical of Vladimir Putin”.
Sir Keir said Mr Johnson has since “corrected the notes” and related his criticism “only to the Archbishop”, Justin Welby.
“I am more than happy to reiterate this correction and retract my comment yesterday,” he told MPs.
The admission – like the debate over whether Mr Johnson should be investigated for his Partygate “lies” – is seen as an attempt to pressure him into correcting earlier false claims.
Tory Party leader Oliver Dowden had pounced on Sir Keir’s comments on the Prime Minister’s questions, claiming he had no “evidence to support this inaccurate claim”.