Labour leader says party now has ‘credible programme’ to win

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Sir Keir Starmer has said the Labour conference this week was a turning point for the party and it now has a “credible programme” to win the next general election.

The Labour leader, speaking the morning after his keynote speech, said if voters do not want to support the plans put forward at conference then he does not know what their problem is.

“If you dissent, if you don’t like affordable housing which is was what we unveiled on Friday, if you don’t like employment rights, including statutory sick pay, which was so desperately needed during the pandemic, if you don’t like the idea that children should leave school ready for life, ready for work, then I don’t really know what you’re arguing against, because it seems to me working families up and down the country are desperate for these changes to be made.”

During the Labour conference held in Brighton, the first since Sir Keir became leader in 2020 held several big policy announcements regarding the economy, housing, employment and education.

However, it was not all sunshine and roses, the Labour leader has also been labelled as uncharismatic and lacking emotion which he hoped to tackled by opening up about his upbringing from humble beginnings. He stated that his philosophy was that you do not need to be a showman to win a general election.

Sir Keir added that he is continually compared with other leaders but he is his own man and is confident he can win the next election.

“My job is not to hug a leader from the past but to do the job that leader of the Labour needs to do now, which is to get our party ready to go into the next general election and be in a position to win it – and win it. “

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