Sir Keir Starmer is set to beat Boris Johnson to the White House by sending one of his frontbench team to the inauguration of Joe Biden on January 20 just as relations between the Democrats and the Conservatives stumble.
Last week Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic speaker of the House of Representatives, was kept waiting for more than 30 minutes on a call to Dominic Raab, the foreign secretary, before he “stood her up”.
A source close to Raab said the phone call was postponed to the next day because he had been embroiled in negotiations with Spain about post-Brexit arrangements for Gibraltar.
However, the incident will have done nothing to smooth relations between Johnson and the incoming Biden administration.
Lisa Nandy, the shadow foreign secretary,