Iain Duncan Smith called Keir Starmer a ‘second rate lawyer’ and Twitter went mental

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By Thomas Connelly on

Incident happened during fiery parliamentary debate on Brexit


Twitter went into meltdown yesterday after Conservative MP Iain Duncan Smith branded new shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer QC a “second rate lawyer”.

During a heated parliamentary debate on Brexit, Duncan Smith — or IDS as he’s also known — took the opportunity to have a pop at Starmer. Despite being a QC at one of the country’s leading chambers, Doughty Street, IDS appeared to question Starmer’s legal accomplishments by branding him “second rate”.

Members of the profession quickly came out to defend one of their own.

Devereux Chambers’ resident tax expert Jo Maugham QC didn’t hold back in his critique of IDS.

Meanwhile Matrix Chambers’ Sir Paul Jenkins branded the former Secretary of State “third rate”.

Ex-shadow attorney general Karl Turner was quick to point out that Starmer, who studied the prestigious Bachelor of Civil Law degree (BCL) at Oxford University, had previously held the role of Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) at the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

Other lawyers reacted with similar contempt.

Hopefully IDS doesn’t need a lawyer anytime soon.