Keir Starmer Presents Six “first Electoral Steps” for a Labor Government - Latest Global News

Keir Starmer Presents Six “first Electoral Steps” for a Labor Government

Unlock Editor’s Digest for free

Sir Keir Starmer will set out Labor’s key policy promises ahead of the general election on Thursday, echoing the party’s “promise map” it released before its landslide victory in 1997.

Speaking at an event in Essex, the Labor leader said the six “first steps to change Britain” were a “down payment for change” rather than the full extent of the party’s governing ambitions.

Five of the priorities have already been set out in Labour’s “five missions”: to create economic stability, reduce NHS waiting times, create a state-owned energy company, tackle anti-social behavior and recruit more teachers.

But the party will now place a sixth focus on setting up a border security command to try to match Tories’ efforts to tackle illegal immigration.

Labor’s policies are under increasing scrutiny as the party leads the Conservatives by 20 points in the polls and is expected in national votes in the second half of the year.

The guidelines will be crucial to Labour’s political messaging campaign in the coming months and will feature on a poster and an advertising campaign in a local newspaper from Thursday.

“These are things we’ve been saying for some time. We don’t change our strategy every week or every month,” Labor campaign coordinator Pat McFadden said in a media briefing.

“The Prime Minister [Rishi Sunak] I don’t know how many strategies we have used in the last six months: Mr. Change, Mr. Continuity, Mr. Security… . whereas these guidelines are in line with what we have said time and again,” he added.

A Tory official said: “Keir Starmer has abandoned every single promise on which he was elected and deleted the record from his website.”

Labour’s first “step” is to ensure economic stability and “tight spending rules” to stimulate the economy and keep taxes, inflation and mortgages as low as possible.

McFadden said his party wanted to enshrine financial stability, in contrast to the Tory government, whose “mini-Budget” led by then-Prime Minister Liz Truss in 2022 caused panic in financial markets.

The second option is to reduce NHS waiting times by making 40,000 more appointments available in the evenings and weekends every week. The costs of this will be financed by combating tax avoidance, including by those with non-resident tax status.

The third step is to set up a border patrol squad with hundreds of specialist investigators to dismantle criminal gangs transporting asylum seekers across the English Channel.

These first three promises reflect some of Sunak’s Conservatives’ “five priorities” and reflect how both parties are trying to fight the election on the ground of the political center.

But Labor’s package also includes a new public clean energy company called Great British Energy, a crackdown on anti-social behavior with more neighborhood police and the recruitment of 6,500 teachers.

“These first steps will make a real difference to people’s lives,” Starmer will say. “When you are waiting in pain for NHS treatment, when your child is at school and you want higher standards, when your area is plagued by anti-social behavior, when you want permanently lower energy bills, these first steps show what a job . “The government will do anything to help you.”

McFadden insisted the party was not jettisoning its previous list of five “missions,” saying: “These are the first steps toward accomplishing those five missions.”

The Labor MP said the party was focused on meeting two “tests” with the public, namely whether they could be trusted with public finances and national security.

“Before we even get to politics, we need to take these two tests extremely seriously. . . “You can see that in everything we said about the economy, in our support for NATO and in the fact that we are fully behind the government on Ukraine policy,” he added.

Sharing Is Caring:

Leave a Comment