Keir Starmer: ‘no quick fix to Tory mess’ if Labour wins election | Labour

Keir Starmer says there will be no “quick fixes” to the serious problems Labor will inherit if it wins the next election, amid fanfare of support from senior officials. announced the party’s six campaign promises.

The Labor leader said the country’s “most rational and tolerant people” believed the party would be in Britain before receiving an unusual backing from Boots chief executive Sebastian James, an Etonian and all-male private member. He said he wants what he wants. Bullingdon Crabbe alongside David Cameron.

James, who is pictured with Cameron and Boris Johnson in the infamous club photo (see below), appeared in a video message supporting Rachel Reeves’ plans for economic stability.

“There is no quick fix for the mess the Tories have caused in this country,” the Labor leader said at a launch event in Essex attended by the entire shadow cabinet.

He said people could expect his six pledges to be realized within two terms of a Labor government, adding: “If you are privileged enough to take office, you must be ready from day one.” It is not allowed,” he said.

Mr Starmer rejected suggestions his pledges were not ambitious, saying restoring stability must be the party’s first step before embarking on even more ambitious plans to change the country. . “This is a very different moment than in 1997, when we suffered the last 14 years,” he said.

Mr Starmer said he had recently spoken to a couple in Wolverhampton who decided they could not afford a second child.

“We will not allow the next Labor government to inflict such harm on workers,” he told the audience. “That’s why I can’t believe I’m saying this. Stability means change, and that’s why it has to be our first step.”

The party has launched a physical and digital campaign with key pledges including stabilizing the economy, reducing NHS waiting times, establishing Great British Energy, cracking down on anti-social behavior and recruiting 6,500 new teachers. This is the latest step in his “”, as he is distributing pledge cards. national mission.”

Mr Starmer spoke to an audience filled with long-time Labor heavyweights and potential parliamentary candidates in a large hall at the film studio’s backstage center in Purfleet-on-Thames.

Ahead of the speech, shadow cabinet ministers Reeves, Wes Streeting, Ed Miliband, Yvette Cooper and Bridget Phillipson took turns in giving advice to people across the country about the brief. He detailed the personal challenges he faces and says they are fueling his ambitions for change.

Deputy Leader Reiner opened the event by saying the party has “no illusions about the scale of the upcoming climb.” “We’re not making promises to the world,” she said. “But we are committed to what we believe we can achieve.”

Mr Reeves, the shadow chancellor, said Labor was “ready to lead, ready to lead and ready to rebuild Britain”, but said the task of restoring economic stability would require a second term for a Labor government. There is a possibility that this could happen, and he suggested that “tough choices will need to be made.” It will require a lot of work. 10 years of national revitalization. ”

Mr James’s endorsement was intended to demonstrate the breadth of support the party enjoys. He gave a nod to Labour’s five-point plan to save Britain’s high streets, saying: “Prospering high streets help build communities and will bring about hugely important changes over the coming years.”

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A painting of ten men in tailcoats standing or sitting outside a building.
1987 Bullingdon Club Photography Painting.

Shadow Health Secretary Mr Streeting said Labor would create an extra 40,000 weekly appointment slots in the NHS at night and at weekends. He said: “We will put more money into the care of the few, increase investment in the NHS, and transform the way our services work.

Mr Street introduced Nathaniel Dye, who has terminal cancer and has been waiting more than 100 days for treatment, compared to the government’s target of around 62 days. Mr Dye said he hoped for a Labor government that would help others “avoid ending up like me”.

Mr Cooper, the shadow home secretary, said he wanted Labor to be a “law and order government that puts community safety right at the heart” and called for 13,000 more neighborhood and community support police officers. and plans to establish 100 new youth centers. Stronger laws to tackle violence against women and girls.

Mr Miliband, the shadow secretary for energy security and net zero, delivered a core argument the party will rely on in the election. It says the Conservatives will force people to face higher bills and energy insecurity. An internal Labor Party poll found more than 60% of Conservative voters supported the party’s ambition to create Great British Energy.

In response to questions from the Guardian, Mr Starmer said housing and workers’ rights were “integral” to his six steps, and the fact that there were a limited number of steps meant that other issues were “set aside”. He emphasized that this does not mean “to be placed”.

Labor has announced a number of endorsements, including that of former Metropolitan Police Inspector Neil Bass.

Mr Starmer was introduced by Thurrock resident Haruna Hamza, who said she was switching her vote from the Conservatives to Labor because they had “let the country down”.

The event marked the beginning of the party’s biggest advertising campaign since 2019. Billboards and vans will appear in key battleground seats in London, Rochester, Stoke-on-Trent and Darlington, and advertisements will be placed in many local newspapers. The shadow cabinet will also make a number of visits to areas such as Wolverhampton, Leigh, Aldershot, Doncaster and Bassetlaw to take Labour’s message to the country.