Keir Starmer poses with a can of Brewdog's Barnard Castle Eye Test ale

Keir Starmer poses with a can of Brewdog's Barnard Castle Eye Test ale

July 6, 2020

Enough to give you blurred vision! Labour leader Keir Starmer poses with a can of Brewdog’s ‘Barnard Castle Eye Test’ ale that mocks Dominic Cummings on pub visit

  • Keir Starmer is seen holding a can of Brewdog’s ‘Barnard Castle Eye Test’ ale
  • Brewdog said demand for the drink is the biggest they have seen for a beer
  • The Labour leader’s dig came as pubs and bars re-open with social distancing

Keir Starmer today made a gentle dig at the Prime Minister’s chief adviser on a visit to a London brewery. 

The Labour leader was seen posing with a can of Brewdog’s ‘Barnard Castle Eye Test’ ale- a reference to Dominic Cummings driving 30 minutes from Durham to Barnard Castle to test his eyesight.  

Brewdog today said it sold 648,768 cans of the ale so far and said it is the biggest demand they have ever seen for a beer.

The Labour leader was seen posing with a can of Brewdog’s ‘Barnard Castle Eye Test’ ale. Brewdog today said it sold 648,768 cans of the ale so far

Brewery boss James Watt said that the amount of traffic to their website caused the site to crash for nine hours.

Sir Keir had visited to meet staff and discuss the impact of coronavirus on the hospitality sector. 

It comes as pubs and bars were finally allowed to re-open this week with social distancing measures in place. 

Dominic Cummings was criticised earlier this year for driving to Durham during lockdown to find childcare for his son.

Mr Cummings held a press conference in Downing Street’s Rose Garden in late May where he said said he had behaved ‘reasonably and legally’.

Sir Keir had gone to the brewery to meet staff and discuss the impact of coronavirus on the hospitality sector

But he came after fire after saying that he drove 30 minutes from Durham to Barnard Castle to test his eyesight. 

He told the conference: ‘On Sunday April 12, 15 days after I had first displayed symptoms, I decided to return to work.

‘My wife was very worried, particularly given my eyesight seemed to have been affected by the disease. 

‘She didn’t want to risk a nearly 300-mile drive with our child, given how ill I had been. We agreed that we should go for a short drive to see if I could drive safely.

Dominic Cummings came after fire after saying that he drove 30 minutes from Durham to Barnard Castle to test his eyesight

‘We drove for roughly half an hour and ended up on the outskirts of Barnard Castle town. We did not visit the castle. We did not walk around the town. We parked by a river. My wife and I discussed the situation.

‘We agreed that I could drive safely, we should turn around, go home. I felt a bit sick. We walked about 10 to 15 metres from the car to the river bank nearby. We sat there for about 15 minutes. We had no interactions with anybody. I felt better. 

‘We returned the car. An elderly gentleman walking nearby appeared to recognise me. My wife wished him Happy Easter from a distance, but we had no other interaction’.

Mr Cummings held a press conference in Downing Street’s Rose Garden in late May where he said said he had behaved ‘reasonably and legally’

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