Woman who heckled Sir Keir Starmer is ex-Big Brother contestant

REVEALED: Woman who heckled Sir Keir Starmer is ex-Big Brother contestant Carole Vincent, 67, who unsuccessfully ran as a candidate in George Galloway’s Respect party

  • Ms Vincent, 67, was seen standing and shouting slogans at Labour leader today 
  • She previously stood as council candidate for George Galloway’s Respect party 
  • And the heckler finished fifth in the eighth Big Brother series in 2007  
  • The woman who heckled Keir Starmer repeatedly during his speech to the Labour conference today has been identified as Big Brother contestant Carole Vincent.

    Ms Vincent, 67, was seen standing and shouting heckling slogans at the Labour leader while pointing her finger at him during the conference today in Brighton. 

    The heckler has also previously stood as a council candidate for the Respect Party, run by George Galloway (who himself appeared on Celebrity Big Brother in 2006). 

    While the comments made by Ms Vincent – who came fifth in the eighth Big Brother series in 2007 – weren’t picked up by the microphones, the vitriol in her face was plain to see as she screamed and jabbed her finger in Mr Starmer’s direction. 

    But she was unrepentant as she told reporters Sir Keir would probably face a leadership challenge.

    Party activist Ms Vincent, from the Leyton and Wanstead constituency in east London, said she expected to be thrown out of the party for heckling the leader – and added she did not expect Sir Keir to survive in post until the next conference either. 

    Ms Vincent said she became a Labour Party member in her teens but quit when Tony Blair went to war in Iraq, then rejoined when Jeremy Corbyn was at the helm of the party. 

    As Sir Keir was hit catcalls of ‘shame’ and other jibes throughout his speech, he shot back: ‘Chanting slogans or changing lives!’ One of the hecklers is believed to have been former Big Brother contestant Carole Vincent, pictured

    While the comments made by Ms Vincent, who was fifth in the eighth Big Brother series (pictured, far left) in 2007, weren’t picked up by the microphones the vitriol in her face was plain to see as she screamed and jabbed her finger in Mr Starmer’s direction

    The heckler has also previously stood as a council candidate for the Respect Party, run by George Galloway (who himself appeared on Celebrity Big Brother in 2006)

    The heckler has also previously stood as a council candidate for the Respect Party, run by George Galloway (who himself appeared on Celebrity Big Brother in 2006)

    ‘I don’t consider it to be heckling, I consider that I stood up and spoke out because it needed to be said,’ she said.

    ‘He had ignored – and this conference has ignored – people that have been standing up and asking for him to guarantee the 15 per cent rise for the NHS, a £15 minimum wage… 

    ‘He does nothing when he gets to the dispatch box, where is that money you promised would be in the NHS?

    ‘As we would show the red card for racism in football, I showed him the red card when he said something that I thought is not acceptable and that he should be actually challenging the government because otherwise it’s just hot air.’ 

    She said she expected to be thrown out of the party for her actions, adding: ‘He had 10 pledges. He has reneged on most of those pledges. 

    ‘He talked about uniting the party. The party has never been so divided as it is now and it’s getting worse.

    ‘I probably will be expelled and that’s sad because I work bloody hard for this party. I don’t get paid for it, it’s because on my membership card it says this is a party of socialist democrats, it’s a socialist democratic party and that’s why I joined – so we all have a voice and we haven’t had a voice.’ 

    In his first in-person conference speech following the pandemic, Sir Keir faced chants of 'Oh, Jeremy Corbyn ' and shouts about his Brexit policy being to blame for the crushing election defeat in 2019

    In his first in-person conference speech following the pandemic, Sir Keir faced chants of ‘Oh, Jeremy Corbyn ‘ and shouts about his Brexit policy being to blame for the crushing election defeat in 2019

    In one grim piece of trolling, there were jibes screamed out as Sir Keir was talking about his late mother, an NHS nurse who suffered from a crippling rare form of arthritis

    In one grim piece of trolling, there were jibes screamed out as Sir Keir was talking about his late mother, an NHS nurse who suffered from a crippling rare form of arthritis

    Sir Keir merely shook his head and carried on as he told how the Covid crisis had brought back memories of her illness

    Sir Keir merely shook his head and carried on as he told how the Covid crisis had brought back memories of her illness

    He shrugged off other brickbats, saying he got the same treatment from Tories at PMQs every week. 'It doesn't bother me then, it won't bother me now'

    He shrugged off other brickbats, saying he got the same treatment from Tories at PMQs every week. ‘It doesn’t bother me then, it won’t bother me now’

    Carole was a sexual health counsellor and polled just 471 votes in the 2006 local government elections as a candidate in the Markhouse Ward in Waltham Forest.

    A veteran protester of more than 30 years the former foster mother is staunchly anti-war and was driven to join Respect after Tony Blair sent troops to Iraq.

    Before going into the Big Brother house in 2007 she said: ‘I am gonna shake it something rotten and they will be shaking s***less. If people want an argument, here’s the f***ing argument!’ 

    The Labour leader eventually got a standing ovation when he responded to say: ‘Shouting slogans or changing lives, conference?’  

    And he likened the hecklers to Conservative MPs in the House of Commons during Prime Minister’s Questions, adding: ‘It doesn’t bother me then and it doesn’t bother me now.’ 

    Ms Vincent said she had been ‘showing him the red card when he said something that I thought is not acceptable and that he should be actually challenging the Government on, or saying how he is going to do something’.

    Asked if she thought Sir Keir would be leader at the next conference, she said: ‘I don’t. I think there will be a challenge at some point, I’m not sure who will do it.’

    A Labour spokesman said the heckling was not unexpected.

    The spokesman said the fact a ‘number of people’ had red pieces of paper to hold up to oppose Sir Keir may have suggested the hecklers were organised.

    In his first in-person conference speech following the pandemic, Keir Starmer faced chants of 'Oh, Jeremy Corbyn ' and shouts about his Brexit policy being to blame for the crushing election defeat in 2019

    In his first in-person conference speech following the pandemic, Keir Starmer faced chants of ‘Oh, Jeremy Corbyn ‘ and shouts about his Brexit policy being to blame for the crushing election defeat in 2019

    In his first in-person conference speech following the pandemic, Sir Keir faced chants of ‘Oh, Jeremy Corbyn‘ and shouts about his Brexit policy being to blame for the crushing election defeat in 2019.

    In one grim piece of trolling, there were jibes screamed out as Sir Keir was talking about his late mother, an NHS nurse who suffered from a crippling rare form of arthritis. 

    Sir Keir merely shook his head and carried on as he told how the Covid crisis had brought back memories of her illness.   

    He shrugged off other brickbats, saying he got the same treatment from Tories at PMQs every week. ‘It doesn’t bother me then, it won’t bother me now.’

    As he was hit with more catcalls of ‘shame’, he shot back: ‘Chanting slogans or changing lives!’  

    One angry left-winger held up a placard saying 'No Purge' during the leader's 88-minute speech today

    One angry left-winger held up a placard saying ‘No Purge’ during the leader’s 88-minute speech today

    Keir Starmer

    Starmer faced down heckling

    Sir Keir shrugged off the brickbats, saying he got the same treatment from Tories at PMQs every week. ‘It doesn’t bother me then, it won’t bother me now.’

    The speech lasted a marathon 88 minutes as Sir Keir battled to make progress through the interruptions. 

    Deploying his working-class roots and the ‘principles’ of hard work and fairness he learned from his toolmaker father, the leader insisted the way to get the party ‘back in business’ is to focus on pragmatic solutions for Britain’s problems.

    Sir Keir warned social justice will never be achieved without a ‘strong economy’, promising not to repeat Corbyn’s mistake of putting uncosted splurges that lacked ‘credibility’.

    While some delegates held up red cards and placards saying ‘no purge’ to show their disapproval of internal rule changes, others yelled at them to be quiet and let the leader speak. There were also strong rounds of applause at key sections as the hall showed its disgust at the disruptors.  

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