Monday, 26 Oct 2020

‘No idea what he stands for!’ Keir Starmer ripped apart as Labour flounders on core values

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Sir Keir Starmer has been accused of being peddling the “same old platitudes” by Conservative MP Tim Loughton. Mr Loughton clashed with Labour’s Wes Streeting on BBC Politics Live over the party leader’s values as he is set to make a conference speech this week. The Labour Party is currently holding its annual conference, although proceedings are entirely online this year.

Mr Loughton said: “Their slogan may be ‘new leadership’ but I’m afraid what we’ve heard from Wes and Anneliese Dodds are the same old platitudes.

“Sir Keir Starmer is from the North London metropolitan elite, which I’m afraid is how people still see him in the Red Wall seats and beyond.

“He was the one at the forefront of trying to frustrate Brexit.

“He served in Jeremy Corbyn’s cabinet, at least Wes had the decency to bail out of it.”

He continued: “He may not be Jeremy Corbyn, but not being Jeremy Corbyn doesn’t automatically make you fit to be Prime Minister.

“I don’t know what he stands for.

“I don’t know where he is on Europe, I don’t know where he is on the relationship with a referendum on Scotland. I just don’t know.

“So we need to have some meat on what the Labour Party actually believes in rather than these same old platitudes every time, and the fact that it’s not Jeremy Corbyn.”

Since Sir Keir became leader of the Opposition, support for his party has surged in the polls.

According to a YouGov survey on Westminster voting intention from last weekend, Labour and the Conservatives at tied at 40 percent.

Mr Starmer is also actually ahead of Prime Minister Boris Johnson in terms of personal support.

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Mr Streeting defended his leader: “We’re not going to be spilling out specific policies this far ahead of a general election.

“I think we’re very clear on where we stand on values: we want a fairer and more equal and just society.

“But then you need the policies to back it up and that’s why today Anneliese Dodds has spelt out in practical terms some of the immediate responses to this crisis.

“But let’s remember the challenge of where we are with coronavirus with building back better in the aftermath of this.

“We’re projecting a patriotic vision and that’s what Keir is going to be setting out.”

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