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Labour Unveils Bold Campaign: Keir Starmer throws down gauntlet, calling for General Election showdown

Labour has launched its local elections campaign with a dramatic speech by Leader Sir Keir Starmer, and deputy leader Angela Rayner. Mr Starmer also launched a direct attack on Rishi Sunak, issuing the Prime Minister with a challenge:

“I was hoping we’d be launching a different campaign here today. But the Prime Minister bottled it. He wants one last, drawn out summer tour with his beloved helicopter. And so – we need to send him another message. Show his party – once again that their time is up, the dithering must stop, the date must be set. Britain wants change, and it’s time for change with Labour”.

Speaking at the event in Dudley, Mr Starmer outlined his plans for a Britain under Labour. His key phrase, which he emphasised repeatedly, was, ‘to return government back to the service of the people’.

In his speech, he also outlined five key priorities for Labour:

  • Higher growth
  • Safer Streets
  • Cheaper bills, with a focus on cheap, clean energy
  • More opportunities, particularly to improve standards in education.
  • To get the NHS back on its feet.

Mr Starmer also listed what he sees as the failures of the current government:

“We can all see the consequences. Their failure in every community in Britain. The sewage in our rivers. The ambulances that don’t come. The schools crumbling over our children’s heads. Mortgage and rent payments through the roof.”

He also pointed to increases in council tax –  calling the rise, “A Tory stealth tax”.

He further pointed to the need for economic growth across all of Britain, with all regions getting investment. He also called for the need to better the rights of workers, including the scrapping of zero hours contracts, and a national working wage.

Starmer further addressed the need for levelling up across the country, which he feels the government has failed to implement properly, and the need for devolution to give power back to local communities.

Although there has been no official response to the speech as yet, Chancellor Jeremy Hunt of the Conservative Party has already called the speech a ‘smokescreen’ for the recent Labour announcement that they are refusing to guarantee the free childcare offer for every child over the age of nine months.

There was also no mention of any plans to tackle the issue of large numbers of illegal immigrants being smuggled over the channel by boats crisis, something which Starmer has been accused of avoiding before.

 

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