Speaking to LBC on Monday morning, the Labour leader said while Hancock should “apologise”, he should remain in post.
“At the moment in the middle of the vaccine, my strong feeling is that the vast majority of the public would say, for heaven’s sake what you should be doing here is making sure he’s working really hard to get that vaccine rolled out properly, rather than calling for him to resign,” Starmer saiid.
“He should apologise and come and explain to the House, of course he should.”
Starmer also rejected the suggestion from a member of the public on the call-in show that he was “tap dancing for the Tories”.
“I get attacked for supporting the government, I get attacked for attacking the government,” he said.
“Which makes me think, it’s a difficult judgment, probably we are getting it about right.”