Keir Starmer will launch his plan to keep Labor’s momentum at the top of the polls ahead of the next election, accusing Boris Johnson of losing the confidence of voters over numerous sordid scandals and of treating power like a ” branch of the entertainment industry “.
Eager to move on from criticizing the government to presenting his own team as a viable alternative, Starmer is expected to explain how Labor is hoping to move 2022 closer to power.
In a speech in Birmingham on Tuesday morning, the Labor leader will stress the importance of security, prosperity and respect, contrasting with months of behavior he called incompetent and untrustworthy on the part of the Prime Minister.
Johnson was ravaged by fury at the alleged Downing Street Christmas parties in defiance of Covid rules, his botched attempt to save a disgraced MP who broke lobbying rules from the suspension, and a payments investigation covering the renovation from his Downing Street apartment.
Labor spent a month ahead of the polls for the first time in a year, as the Tories’ fall sparked nervousness among ministers and Johnson backbenchers. Starmer’s party also got a 16-point lead in a Deltapoll survey of 57 key constituencies in the ‘red wall’ of its traditional heart, seen as crucial to recovering the keys to Downing Street.
Starmer will seek to portray himself as a patriot, claiming that 2022 will show ‘everything the British need to be proud of’ in an attempt to neutralize Johnson’s rebuttals that the Labor leader should back the government when it criticizes its handling of Covid.
“I don’t think you stop being a patriot because you notice your country has flaws,” Starmer will say. “On the contrary, the reason why we in this party want to correct these flaws is precisely because we are patriots. I came to politics to make a difference, not just to talk about it.
“I don’t think politics is a branch of the entertainment industry, I think it’s serious business to get things done.
Foreshadowing a “new phase” for the country, Starmer is expected to warn of a looming cost-of-living crisis, with energy bills set to rise, stagnant wages and tax hikes on the horizon, the increase in national insurance coming into force in the spring. . He will also claim that many people feel unsafe on the streets and have to rely on “good luck” to get a quick GP appointment.
Starmer will also recognize that a lack of support for the Tories does not mean voters will automatically feel like they have good reason to switch to Labor. He is about to say: ‘I am well aware that just because the Tories lose public trust does not mean that Labor is inheriting it. Trust is earned. I am confident but not complacent about the task that awaits me.
Ahead of the local elections in May, and what Labor representatives believe will be the last party conference in September before the next general election, Starmer will stress that “the best is yet to come for this country – but only if we have the courage to create a new Brittany ”.
Johnson has been very optimistic about the UK’s fortunes despite concerns over whether further restrictions will be imposed due to the Omicron coronavirus variant. In his New Year’s message, the Prime Minister insisted that the country was in a “incomparably better” position than at the start of 2021.