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Arsenal fan Sir Keir Starmer seen in Wolverhampton micropub before Molineux match

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer enjoyed a pint at a Wolverhampton micropub before seeing his beloved Arsenal beat Wolves.

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Keir Starmer, Pat McFadden and Richard Parker at the Hail to the Ale micropub

The Gunners fan popped into the Hail to the Ale pub in Claregate which only has one room, so he could enjoy a pint without being besieged by locals demanding selfies or political point-scoring.

Now leader of the opposition Sir Keir cannot just wander into a Wetherspoons due to his security team's concerns, however, the micropub was perfect for a pre-match pint on Saturday.

It was three points on Sir Starmer's mind as the Arsenal season ticket holder wanted to forget a week from hell for his team, who were beaten by Aston Villa last Sunday and dumped out of the Champions League by Bayern Munich on Wednesday.

However, the in-demand Labour leader could not swerve talking shop for too long as he was joined by Wolverhampton MP Pat McFadden, who is helping mastermind Labour's General Election campaign and who was celebrating his team Celtic's Scottish Cup semi-final penalty shoot out victory earlier yesterday.

West Midlands Mayoral candidate Richard Parker also joined Sir Keir at the Pendeford Avenue micropub. Mr Parker hails from Bristol but it is not known whether he is a Rovers or City fan.

A Wolves fan who spotted Sir Keir before the game said: "Everyone deserves a break from the day job, and I bet he knows his stuff about Arsenal.

"I did not want to bother him, but I reckon he should promise to scrap VAR - that would be a vote winner round here."

Arsenal went on to beat Wolves 2-0 at Molineux.