SIR Keir Starmer has said a Brighton MP was right to apologise over comments made about J K Rowling.

Brighton Kemptown MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle accused the Harry Potter author of using her past as “justification for discriminating against a group of people who were not responsible for it” - the transgender community.

He apologised “unreservedly” on Twitter yesterday morning for the comments he made in an article written for Tribune Magazine.

Mr Russell-Moyle said: “I want to apologise unreservedly about the comments in the article that I wrote last week in Tribune regarding trans rights in which I mention J K Rowling.”

He said her disclosures about her past experiences “were heartfelt and must have been hard to say”.

Mr Russell-Moyle continued: “While I may disagree with some of her analysis on trans rights, it was wrong of me to suggest that she used her own dreadful experience in anything other than good faith.

“I have asked Tribune to remove the line in question.”

And his party leader said he had done the right thing.

Addressing the issue on Good Morning Britain, Sir Keir said: “He was absolutely right to apologise, he shouldn’t have said it in the first place.

“He was right to swiftly apologise and he did.”