Laura Kuenssberg savages Keir Starmer on ‘abandoning pledges’
Jon Trickett, Labour MP for Hemsworth, posted on Twitter that he was in the meeting to decide what policies would be included in the 2019 manifesto.In an embarrassing sign for Sir Keir, Mr Trickett said the now-Labour leader agreed on every policy.
Labour conference LIVE: Hapless Starmer in desperate bid to win over broken party TODAY (Image: Getty) The Labour MP said: “I sat through the whole meeting that agreed our 2019 manifesto.Just metres from Sir Keir Starmer.
“Every single policy was agreed unanimously.Just to spell it out, including by Sir Keir.
“I recall not a single peep of dissent from that direction.”
He then added in a follow-up tweet “Clause V”, referring to the party’s meetings about policies ahead of general elections.
Clause V meetings are attended by the national executive committee (NEC), relevant shadow cabinet members and senior trade union representatives, and are chaired by the party leader.
Keir Starmer heckled during Labour conference speech
Labour will ‘fix’ Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal says David Lammy During his conference speech in Brighton, Sir Keir said he would never again see Labour enter an election with “a manifesto that is not a serious plan for government”.
He said: “This is our first full conference since the 2019 general election in which we suffered our worst defeat since 1935.
“To our devoted activists and loyal voters I want to say loud and clear.You saved this party from obliteration and we will never forget it.Thank you.
“But my job as leader is not just to say thank you to the voters who stayed with us.It is to understand and persuade the voters who rejected us.
“To those Labour voters who said their grandparents would turn in their graves, that they couldn’t trust us with high office, to those who reluctantly chose the Tories because they didn’t believe our promises were credible.
“To the voters who thought we were unpatriotic or irresponsible or that we looked down on them, I say these simple but powerful words.
“We will never under my leadership go into an election with a manifesto that is not a serious plan for government.”
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Brexit LIVE: Von der Leyen scrabbles to unite bloc amid fishing row KEY EVENTS Knives out for Starmer as Corbynite MP leads charge against conference speech 16:37 Keir Starmer leaves conference before red flag sung 13:45 Starmer hits back at hecklers 12:17 Labour conference today 08:23 8 hours ago 23:00 Dylan Donnelly THIS BLOG IS NOW CLOSED Click here for more coverage:
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8 hours ago 22:50 Dylan Donnelly MP hails Starmer’s speech as ‘real turning point for Labour’ Luke Pollard, MP for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport, described Sir Keir Starmer’s speech as a “real turning point for the party”.
He said: “I’m a greenie so the focus on the climate, about building a proper future that’s going to be low carbon, looking after nature – that’s exactly what I want to hear – and the same focus on schools, ensuring every kid gets a good education, that every person in the NHS gets good care.
“This is a real departure and turning point for the party.
We’re back and we want to win.”
He also skewered those who heckled Sir Keir, and said: “The shrill voices of the past won’t drown out the future, and what I heard from Keir today was a man who wants to win, with a vision and a plan.”
9 hours ago 21:47 Dylan Donnelly Keir Starmer Labour Conference speech rubbished by voter ‘Going to be trounced again!’ Sir Keir Starmer has been savaged on LBC after a caller argued the Labour party is “going to be trounced again”.
A caller rang up the radio show to discuss the speech with the presenter Eddie Mair.
Bob argued that the Labour leader had focused to much on his own personal story and not enough on presenting new policies.
He said: “I am pretty much with the masses at the minute in that everyone was a little bit perplexed at his stance on the stage in that it wasn’t much coming back.
“I felt like at one point it was going to be a little bit of This Is Your Life, Michael Parkison was going to turn up and give him a little bit more feed on his life.
“I mean we didn’t really need to hear all that I mean, I understand that we need to understand where this guy comes from.
“But we have had 17 months to hear what Keir Starmer is about and we have heard nothing from him.”
9 hours ago 21:05 Dylan Donnelly Starmer BEATS Boris in first in-person conference speech says poll A snap poll after Sir Keir Starmer’s first Labour conference speech showed Brits preferred the leaders speech to Boris Johnson’s first in 2019.
In an Opinium poll for Sky News, 1,330 people were surveyed with excerpts from Mr Johnson and Sir Keir’s speeches from 2019 and Wednesday respectively.
The pollsters found 63 percent of respondents agreed with what Sir Keir had to say, 57 percent said he came across as strong, 62 percent say it showed him as competent and 68 percent said it shows he cares about ordinary people.
Mr Johnson’s saw 51 percent agreed with what Mr Johnson had to say, 52 percent said it showed he was strong, 46 percent said he came across as competent and 37 percent said it showed him as caring about ordinary people.
10 hours ago 20:33 Dylan Donnelly Labour member who heckled Starmer is former far-Left party candidate Carole Vincent, who shouted from the audience at Sir Keir Stamrer, has been found to have been a former candidate for a far-Left party.
The 67-year-old carer from Leytonstone, east London, was a candidate for George Galloway’s Respect Party in a 2008 council election.
Ms Vincent, who appeared on the 2007 series of Big Brother, called out several times during Sir Keir’s speech, prompting him to say: “Shouting slogans or changing lives?”
She told The Telegraph Sir Keir “doesn’t represent the roots of the Labour movement and party”.
11 hours ago 19:44 Dylan Donnelly Starmer’s education promise sees calls for Labour to ‘nail their colours to the mast’ Paul Whiteman, general secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers, praised Sir Keir Starmer for his speech’s focus on education.
He said: “It is hugely welcome to hear education take such a prominent place in Keir Starmer’s speech today.
“Politicians of all parties need to make education a much higher priority than it has been during the pandemic.”
However, Mr Whiteman added “we need all political parties to nail their colours to the mast now and say how much extra funding they are prepared to invest in education over the immediate and longer term”.
11 hours ago 19:08 Dylan Donnelly ‘Offensive to 14m people!’ Fury as Rayner addresses ‘scum’ comments saying ‘That’s me’ Conservative MP Paul Holmes said: “It’s shameful that Angela Rayner still hasn’t apologised for comments that are offensive to the 14 million people that voted Conservative in 2019.
“When Keir Starmer’s speech had more insults than policy in it, it’s clear that the Labour Party are more focused on stoking division than setting out a plan for the British people.”
Ms Rayner gave a half-hearted apology for calling Tories “scum” after a four day backlash over the attack.
12 hours ago 18:14 Dylan Donnelly Labour ‘talked to themselves about themselves’ – Starmer shamed as conference slammed Labour’s conference was branded a “chaotic” five days of bitter in-fighting by Tory Party chair Oliver Dowden.
He said: “As Labour’s chaotic conference comes to an end, it is clear Sir Keir Starmer’s party is more divided than ever and has no plan.
“Labour spent five days talking to themselves about themselves instead of to the country.”
14 hours ago 16:49 Dylan Donnelly Starmer ‘trying to drag his party out of the Corbyn era’ Dr Kristian Niemietz, Head of Political Economy at free market think tank the Institute of Economic Affairs, said Sir Keir Stamers speech was “dominated” by “trying to drag his party out of the Corbyn era”.
He said: “Keir Starmer’s speech was dominated by signals that he is different from his predecessor – both in what he said, and even more so in what he did not say.
“He distanced himself the Corbyn leadership, with positive references to the police, the army, to patriotism, to the Blair government – even enterprise.
“Interestingly, he made no references to nationalisation, nothing about greedy elites, nothing on exploitation, nothing about ‘privatising the NHS’, no anti-finance rhetoric, and nothing on offshore tax havens.
“Far left buzzwords like ‘capitalism’, ‘neoliberalism’ and ‘trickle-down economics’ were notable by their absence.
“This may be a welcome change, but after one and a half years, it is clear the Labour leader is still trying to drag his party out of the Corbyn era, kicking and screaming.And judging from all the heckling – not very successfully so.”
14 hours ago 16:37 Dylan Donnelly Knives out for Starmer as Corbynite MP leads charge against conference speech An MP has claimed Sir Keir Starmer approved Jeremy Corbyn’s left-wing policies in 2019 “unanimously”.
Jon Trickett, Labour MP for Hemsworth, posted on Twitter he was in the meeting to decide what policies would be included in the 2019 manifesto.
In an embarrassing sign for Sir Keir, Mr Trickett said the now-labour leader agreed on every policy.
The Labour MP said: “I sat through the whole meeting that agreed our 2019 manifesto.Just metres from Sir Keir Starmer.
“Every single policy was agreed unanimously.Just to spell it out, including by Sir Keir.
“I recall not a single peep of dissent from that direction.”
He then added in a follow-up tweet “Clause V”, referring tp the party’s meetings about policies ahead of general elections.
Jon Trickett said Keir Starmer agreed to Corbyn’s 2019 manifesto (Image: TWITTER) 15 hours ago 15:58 Dylan Donnelly Betting odds give Starmer 4-1 to be next PM Bookmaker Coral has given 4-1 odds to Sir Keir Starmer to become the next Prime Minister.
The Labour leader is second best in the market behind 3-1 favourite Rishi Sunak.
Coral’s John Hill said: “Despite having a party which is far from unified at the moment, many punters believe Keir Starmer will become the next Prime Minister of the UK.
“The Labour leader has only Rishi Sunak ahead of him in the betting to be the next PM after Boris Johnson.”
16 hours ago 15:03 Dylan Donnelly Starmer ‘right’ on calls for green homes investment The think tank IPPR has praised the Labour leader for his comments calling for a major boost to investment to achieve the UK’s net zero targets, a rethink of industrial strategy, and earlier interventions in health alongside a boost for mental health care.
Luke Murphy, head of IPPR’s cross-party Environmental Justice Commission said: “In his speech today Keir Starmer has set out serious ambition that IPPR has been calling for – committing to decarbonise every home within a decade and backed by the cold hard cash needed to ensure that no household has to pay any money up front.
“This policy would deliver not just the emissions cuts we need but a fair transition that would see all households’ benefit.
“This announcement, combined with those made earlier in this conference, and the commitment to a net zero test – all called for by IPPR – puts serious pressure on the government to come up with the goods in its heat and buildings strategy and the comprehensive spending review ahead of COP26.”
Dylan Donnelly takes over from Olivia Stringer
16 hours ago 14:41 Olivia Stringer Starmer biographer says speech was ‘transformative’ Nigel Hawthorne, author of Keir Starmer: A life of Contrasts told The Express: “Starmer’s speech today was transformative.He was interesting, entertaining and passionate: all the things one looks for in a politician.
It was a speech in a stark contrast to his middling performance so far.”
17 hours ago 13:45 Olivia Stringer Keir Starmer leaves conference before red flag sung Keir Starmer left the Labour conference before the socialist anthem red flag was sung, thus sending a message to Corbynists.
17 hours ago 13:35 Olivia Stringer Labour will bring forth Green New Deal Starmer says Labour will bring forth a Green New Deal which will include a climate investment pledge to put the country back on track to cut the substanital majority of emissions this decade.
He says Britain has the least energy efficient housing in Europe and that Labour will make it their national mission to make sure every house is fitted out efficiently in the next decade.
He says Labour will also introduce a clean air act and everything done in Government will have to meet a net zero test to ensure prosperity does not come at the cost of the climate.
17 hours ago 13:29 Olivia Stringer Starmer says under his leadership Labour will be ‘back in business’ Starmer says Labour will shift economy onto a sustainable path to tackle climate change.
He says Labour will fund science seriously to make a historic contribution to climate change
“Action is needed, not in the future, but now,” he said.
17 hours ago 13:26 Olivia Stringer Labour’s approach to taxation governed by 3 principles Speaking at the Labour conference Starmer said Labour’s approach to taxation will be governed by 3 principles:
The greater part of the burden should not fall on working people
The balance between smaller and larger businesses should be fare
Working people paying their taxes should always get value for money.
He says there will be no promises the party can’t keep.
17 hours ago 13:23 Olivia Stringer Starmer says not enough to ‘get Brexit done’ Starmer says it is not enough to ‘get brexit done’ we must ‘make Brexit work’.
He said he sees a way forward after Brexit if Labour invest in people and places, deploy technology cleverly and build afforable homes.
“I take the responsibilty of spending your money very seriously”, he said.
17 hours ago 13:17 Olivia Stringer Starmer says Labour will make Britain world leader in science and research Starmer said Labour will pledge to invest a minimum of 3% GDP in science and research.
He said the nation will not grow with the low wages and the low standrards of The Tories and the economic inheritance from the Tories will be appalling.
17 hours ago 13:16 Olivia Stringer Starmer says Labour will launch most ambitious school improvement plan in generation Speaking at the Labour conference Starmer said Labour want every parent to be able to send there child to great state school.
He said they want to point education in the direction of skill and work so that children are ready for work when they finish school.
He says it is stupid to allow drama and music to collapse in state schools as these subjects give childre vital skills in communication and teamwork.
18 hours ago 12:56 Olivia Stringer Starmer says Labour will shift priority of NHS away from emergency care Starmer said Labour will shift the priority of the NHS away from emergency care and towards prevention so that problems can be caught early and NHS resources can be used more effectively.
He also pledged to do more to look after people’s mental health by making sure all mental health patients are seen within a month.
18 hours ago 12:53 Olivia Stringer Starmer call social care plan ‘unfair tax hike’ Starmer has criticised the Government’s social care plan, calling it an ‘unfair tax hike’ that will not solve the socila care crisis.
Starmer said people will still be forced to sell their homes for care and a plan would provide care at home and that the workforce was properly valued.
He said a serious plan wouldn’t be funded by “hammering working people”.
18 hours ago 12:50 Olivia Stringer Starmer says Covid crisis is due to failure of Government’s duty of care over 11 years Starmer says the fact that Britain has the highest death toll in Europe is down to the Government’s failure of duty of care for 11 years.
18 hours ago 12:47 Olivia Stringer Starmer says Boris thinks rules don’t apply to him Speaking at the Labour conference Sir Keir lashes out at Boris for not thinking ‘the rules apply to him’, referencing both the Cummings and Hancock scandals as evidence.
Starmer said that when he was pinged he isolated but when Boris was pinged he tried to wriggle out of it.
18 hours ago 12:46 Olivia Stringer Starmer pledges to fast track rape cases Speaking at the Labour conference Starmer pledged to fast track rape and sexual assualt cases and give tougher sentences to rapists.
18 hours ago 12:32 Olivia Stringer Starmer heckled while talking about dying mother Starmer was heckled even when talking about his dying mother at the Labour party conference.
Starmer heckled while talking about dying mother (Image: BBC) 18 hours ago 12:29 Olivia Stringer Starmer says family life taught him about ‘dignity of work’ Starmer says his working class background taught him about the “dignity of work and the nobility of care.
He praised the NHS for helping his dying mother and said NHS workers are the best of people.
18 hours ago 12:17 Olivia Stringer Starmer hits back at hecklers Starmer has hit back after he was heckled by his own party.
“At this time on a Wednesday it is usually the Tories heckling me,” he said.”It doesn’t bother me then and it doesn’t bother me now!” 18 hours ago 12:11 Olivia Stringer Labour address speech to Labour deserters Speaking at the Labour conference in Brighton, Starmer said: “to the voters that thought we were unpatriotic or irresponsible or that we looked down on them I say these simple but powerful words.
We will never under my leadership go into an election with a manifesto that is not a serious plan for government.”
18 hours ago 12:09 Olivia Stringer Palestine flag clad “oh Jeremy Corbyn” singer ejected as Sir Keir come on stage.
A Palestine flag clad “oh Jeremy Corbyn” singer has been ejected as Sir Keir came on stage.
Palestine flag clad u201coh Jeremy Corbynu201d singer ejected as Sir Keir come on stage.
u2014 Harry Cole (@MrHarryCole) September 29, 2021 19 hours ago 11:42 Olivia Stringer Pollster says very few leaders speeches have lasting impact Pollster Joe Twyman has said that very few leaders speeches have had a lasting impact on the party – whether that be good or bad.
However, they can affect the way the public perceive a party, he added.
Do leaders speeches at conference actually matter?
Very few leader speeches have any lasting impact on topline poll numbers – good or bad.
But as part of a wider, cumulative effect they can help to change the way voters perceive a party and / or leader in the longer term.
u2014 Joe Twyman (@JoeTwyman) September 29, 2021 19 hours ago 11:32 Olivia Stringer David Lammy defends Angela Raynor’s use of the word ‘scum’ Shadow justice secretary David Lammy has defended Deputy Labour leader Angela Raynor’s use of the word ‘scum’, which she used to desrcibe the Conservatives.
Speaking on Sky News Lammy said Labour don’t need to take lectures from the Tories, whose leader has said ‘”some terrible things about all sorts of people”.
David Lammy says “I really don’t think the Labour Party need to take lectures from a Conservative Party with a leader that has said some terrible things about all sorts of people” #KayBurley
Read the latest on the Labour party conference: https://t.co/LTbr9OKCPQ pic.twitter.com/IcUXOlA3P9
u2014 Sky News (@SkyNews) September 29, 2021 20 hours ago 10:59 Olivia Stringer Labour MP says party ‘wasted a week’ Labour MP Dawn Butler said her party has wasted a week arguing about internal procdeures when they should have been calling out the Government’s “lies” and “deceit”.
She added that she wants to hear Sir Keir say that Boris is a liar in today’s speech.
Labour wasted a week arguing internal procedures when we should have called out Tory lies and the deceitful, corrupt actions of this rotten Govt.
What I want to hear from Keir today is: Boris is a liar, @UKLabour policies to make the UK better, and support for London! #Lab21
u2014 Dawn Butler MPu270aud83cudffeud83dudc99 (@DawnButlerBrent) September 29, 2021 20 hours ago 10:44 Olivia Stringer ‘You can’t lose 4 elections and not change’, says Starmer Starmer has refused to say whether his party will move away from the left and towards the centre of politics.
However, speaking to Sky News he said: “You can’t lose 4 elections and not change, and we’ve changed.”
The Labour leader added: ” I’m moving it from a party that looks inward to a party that looks outward, I’m moving it from a party that looks backwards to a party that looks forward.”
20 hours ago 10:14 Olivia Stringer Poll doesn’t look good for Starmer A YouGov poll found that 39% of people thought that Starmer a done a poor/terrible job of being Labour leader and only 10% of people thought he’d done a good job.
Are voters starting to lose patience with Starmer? asks @AdamMcDonnell21 in @timesredbox today.
% of Brits who say Starmer has done a…
Great/good job: 10% (-11 since April)
Average job: 34% (-2)
Poor/terrible job: 39% (+13) https://t.co/JWZAB9ellO pic.twitter.com/4FTt1RaREq
u2014 YouGov (@YouGov) September 29, 2021 21 hours ago 10:00 Olivia Stringer Labour pledges to guarantee mental health treatment within a month Labour has just announced plans to guarantee mental health treatment within a month.
The party has also pledged 8,500 new mental health staff and specialist support in every school.
Just announced: Labour will guarantee mental health treatment within a month.
The way we approach mental health needs to change.With Labour, it will.#Lab21 pic.twitter.com/iLP8qWNbgW
u2014 The Labour Party (@UKLabour) September 29, 2021 21 hours ago 09:41 Olivia Stringer Speech will draw on Sir Keir’s experiences of talking to Labour deserters.Sir Keir’s speech, which he wrote while on holiday in Dorset this summer, will draw on his experiences of speaking to voters who have deserted Labour.
Labour believes that many of these voters are now questioning the Government’s competence.
A spokesperson for Labour said: “We know the shine is coming off Boris Johnson, we know that we are in a situation where there are serious questions around the competency of the Government, its ability to deliver.”
21 hours ago 09:21 Olivia Stringer Speech will be ‘noticeably different’ from Labour in recent years A source told PA that Sir Keir’s speech this afternoon will be “noticeably different from what you’ve heard from Labour in recent years”.
The source also said: “It will be a clear indication that Labour will never again go into an election with a manifesto that isn’t a serious plan for government.”
22 hours ago 09:00 Olivia Stringer What time will Sir Keir speak today? Sir Keir Starmer will begin his speech at the Labour conference at 12pm today.
The event will be Broadcast on both BBC News and Sky News.
This will be his first in person conference as Labour leader as last year’s event was held virtually due to covid restrictions.
22 hours ago 08:43 Olivia Stringer Speech will be biggest Starmer has ever delivered Today’s conference will be the biggest speech Sir Keir Starmer has ever delivered due to his leadership coinciding with the coronavirus pandemic, meaning he has been unable to address large audiences.
The speech will aim to show that Labour are a serious opposition to the current Conservative government.
22 hours ago 08:23 Olivia Stringer Labour conference today Sir Keir will today try and present himself as a serious alternative to Boris Johnson, showing how his party has changed since the electoral disaster in 2019..