Key pledges made by Sir Keir Starmer
Crime and security
– Provide crime prevention teams in every neighbourhood, new Police Hubs in every community.
– Tougher approach to closing down drug dens through new powers for police and councils.
– Set out a ‘long-term plan’ to show how the NHS can move from emergency care to preventative measures.
Worker’s rights and business
– Introduce new protections for workers, including ‘decent’ sick pay.
– New industrial strategy to boost productivity and make sure ‘we Buy, Make and Sell more in Britain’.
– Create 100,000 new start-up businesses and new ‘hubs of excellence’ to build on areas’ existing strengths.
– Extra £28billion a year in capital investment to combat climate change and promote green jobs.
Sir Keir Starmer today issued a desperate plea to Red Wall voters who deserted Labour at the 2019 general election as he urged them to give the party another chance.
Sir Keir said Labour has ‘changed’ since its brutal defeat under the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn and voters in crucial seats should ‘take another look’ at the party.
The Labour leader made the comments after he used a major New Year speech in Birmingham to set out his vision for the UK as he vowed to ‘make Brexit work’ and insisted he and his party are ‘patriotic’.
He looked to take advantage of Boris Johnson’s difficult last few months as he unveiled a new ‘Contract With The British People’.
Sir Keir, who backed Remain at the 2016 EU referendum, criticised the PM’s handling of Brexit and said he would ensure the UK can ‘profit from our strong global relationships’.
He defended his credentials as a patriot and said ‘I don’t think you cease to be a patriot because you notice your country has flaws’.
He also spoke of his ‘pride’ in the Queen and described the UK as a ‘remarkable nation’ which is a ‘great place to live’.
The Labour premier fired a broadside at Mr Johnson over the cost of living crisis as he claimed the Government’s ‘incompetence is becoming plain’.
Sir Keir started 2022 with his party ahead of the Tories in a series of recent opinion polls, after Mr Johnson suffered a bruising December with 100 of his MPs rebelling over coronavirus restrictions, a row over Downing Street parties and the North Shropshire by-election loss.
A new poll by Redfield and Wilton Strategies published today showed the Conservatives have rebounded slightly and are now three points behind Labour.
Setting out his new ‘Contract With The British People’, Sir Keir said: ‘I think that as we begin this new year, Britain has entered a new phase.
‘Because just as the Government has revealed itself to be unworthy of your trust, its incompetence is becoming plain.
Sir Keir Starmer today vowed to ‘make Brexit work’ and insisted he and the Labour Party are ‘patriotic’ as he set out his vision for running the country
The Labour leader took repeated aim at Boris Johnson in a major New Year speech as he looked to take advantage of the Prime Minister’s difficult last few months
A new year poll by Redfield and Wilton Strategies shows the Conservatives have rebounded and are now just three points behind Labour
What is in Keir Starmer’s new ‘Contract With The British People?
Sir Keir Starmer today unveiled a new ‘Contract With The British People’ which sets out ‘how a good government should conduct itself’.
The ‘contract’ is comprised of three clauses, based on the three principles of security, prosperity and respect.
– Everyone has the basic right to feel safe in their own community.
– We all need to know that the NHS is there for us when we need it.
– And if we work hard we should also have a right to job security.
– Everyone should have the opportunity to thrive.
– To realise our ambitions and make a good life for ourselves.
– To have the skills we need to prosper.
– Respect is a less obvious political virtue than Security and Prosperity.
– But it is every bit as important.
– Everyone has the right to live in places we care for and to have our lives and ambitions taken seriously to be valued for who we are and what we do.
‘The cost of living is increasing. Energy bills are going up; wages are stagnant. Tax rises are coming in April. Too many people do not feel safe in their streets. And good luck to anyone trying to get a quick GP appointment.
‘I want to start the new year by making a pledge of straight leadership. Today I want to introduce my Contract With The British People.
‘This will be a solemn agreement about what this country needs and how a good government should conduct itself.’
The Labour premier said that ‘just because the Tories lose the public’s trust it doesn’t mean Labour simply inherits it’ because ‘trust has to be earned’.
Sir Keir said the ‘first clause’ in his new contract with the nation is ‘a binding commitment about decency and standards in public life’.
Pointing to the so-called Nolan principles of selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty, leadership, he said: ‘My solemn promise to you will always be to run a government that honours these principles.
‘I have a very clear idea of what a Labour government would look like. And in 2022 I want to take my plans to the British people.’
Sir Keir said the contract will be based on the three principles of security, prosperity and respect, and he will hold a series of events in the coming months to ‘persuade people to sign up to this new Britain that we can create together’.
On the first issue of security, Sir Keir said Labour would deliver everyone the ‘basic right to feel safe in their own community’, ensure the NHS is ‘there for us when we need it, and that ‘if we work hard we should also have a right to job security’.
On prosperity, he said that ‘everyone should have the opportunity to thrive’, to ‘realise our ambitions’ and to ‘have the skills we need to prosper’.
And on the issue of respect, he said that is ‘every bit as important’ as security and prosperity, and ‘everyone has the right to live in places we care for and to have our lives and ambitions taken seriously, to be valued for who we are and what we do’.
Meanwhile, on Brexit, Sir Keir said he is ‘determined that Britain should profit from our strong global relationships’ as he criticised Mr Johnson’s approach.
‘That means not just getting Brexit done but making Brexit work,’ he said.
Sir Keir vowed to ‘repair’ critical strategic alliances as he said: ‘Making Brexit work is painstaking work, and slogans won’t cut it.
‘My goals will be to repair the alliances that this government has damaged while also ensuring that our borders remain safe and secure.’
Sir Keir delivered the speech in front of a large Union flag and he used the address to try to cement his ‘patriotic’ credentials.
Sir Keir, who backed Remain at the 2016 EU referendum , criticised the PM’s handling of Brexit as he said he would ensure the UK can ‘profit from our strong global relationships’.
The Labour leader, pictured at the Tyseley Energy Park in Birmingham after his speech, defended his credentials as a patriot as he said ‘I don’t think you cease to be a patriot because you notice your country has flaws’
He said Britain has a lot to be ‘proud of’, including ‘Her Majesty the Queen’ and the ‘rule of law’ as well as universal public services.
He said he wanted to use the address to ‘celebrate the country we live in’ as he joked that criticising and opposing the Government ‘can make us sound pretty miserable’.
Sir Keir said the ‘Labour Party is a deeply patriotic party’, adding: ‘This country has presented me with great opportunities. It’s a great place to live. But I don’t think you cease to be a patriot because you notice your country has flaws.
‘On the contrary, the reason we in this party want to correct those flaws is precisely because we are patriotic.’
The Labour leader also suggested he believes Mr Johnson views politics as a ‘branch of the entertainment industry’.
He said: ‘I came into politics to make things happen not just to talk about them. I don’t think politics is a branch of the entertainment industry. I think it’s the serious business of getting things done.
‘But I’m afraid at the moment we are going backwards. We have a Prime Minister who thinks the rules apply to anyone but him.
‘Just when trust in government has become a matter of life and death, for the Prime Minister it has become a matter of what he can get away with.’
Following the speech, Sir Keir visited a green energy research centre in Birmingham where he answered reporters’ questions.
In a message directly to former Labour voters in so-called Red Wall seats which the party lost to the Tories in 2019, Sir Keir said: ‘Take another look at Labour. We’ve changed.
‘This Government is clearly not up to the job and we are offering solutions for the future that we want to discuss with you, to make sure that we can all buy in to the idea of a new and better Britain as we come out of the pandemic and I look forward to those discussions across the region wherever I go.’
The Labour leader suggested he believes Mr Johnson views politics as a ‘branch of the entertainment industry’
The Labour premier fired a broadside at Mr Johnson over the cost of living crisis as he claimed the Government’s ‘incompetence is becoming plain’
Sir Keir’s speech came as a new poll suggested that Mr Johnson’s decision not to hammer England with fresh Covid curbs over Christmas had paid off with voters as Labour’s poll lead was cut by five points.
The Tories had slumped to as many as eight points behind Sir Keir’s party in December as the PM was battered by a range of political storm fronts.
But a new year poll by Redfield and Wilton Strategies showed the Conservatives are now three points behind.
In a further sign of a Covid-related rebound, Mr Johnson is now seen as a better candidate to be prime minister than Sir Keir (37 per cent to 35 per cent) having fallen behind in December.
Keir Starmer vows to ‘make Brexit work’ as he insists he IS a patriot