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Keir Starmer says he is scrapping Labour’s manifesto and ‘starting from scratch’ on policy

Keir Starmer has said he will scrap Labour's last election manifesto and is "starting from scratch" on policies. Speaking on Tuesday the Labour leader said he was putting the existing set of policies "to one side" and that "the slate is wiped clean".His comments represent a reversal of a previous pledge. During the 2019 leadership election Sir Keir described the 2017 election manifesto as Labour's "foundational document", praised its "radicalism" and said: "We have to hang on to that as we go forward".But speaking at an event organised by the New Statesman magazine today Sir Keir said: “What we’ve done...
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Labour MPs urge Keir Starmer to ‘come off the fence’ over rail strikes

Labour MPs Diane Abbott and John McDonnell have spoken out against Sir Keir Starmer’s position on rail strikes, urging him to “get off the fence”.The pair joined several hundred people outside King’s Cross St Pancras Station for an RMT rally on Saturday (25 June).“I thought when you joined the Labour Party, you had picked a side... the side of working people,” Ms Abbott said of her leader.“I’m saying to Keir Starmer and other Labour MPs, do the right thing,” Mr McDonnell added, speaking from the picket line.Click here to sign up for our newsletters. Read More The full exchange: Keir Starmer grills Boris Johnson over rail strikeBoris Johnson claims voters ‘absolutely fed up of hearing about things I stuffed up’Barrel Children: The families Windrush left behind
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Wakefield by-election: Labour win a great result, says Keir Starmer

Sir Keir Starmer has hailed his party's victory in the Wakefield by-election as a "great result for Labour" as it won the seat back from the Conservatives. Simon Lightwood defeated Tory candidate Nadeem Ahmed by 4,925 votes in the poll to overturn a majority of 3,358. Visiting the town on...
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‘We smashed it’ Keir Starmer says after by-election win

Labour "smashed it" with a win in the Wakefield by-election on Thursday night (23 June), Sir Keir Starmer has said.Simon Lightwood was elected with 13,166 votes to the Conservatives' 8,231.Elsewhere, the seat of Tiverton and Honiton in Devon was won by the Liberal Democrats' Richard Foord with 22,537 votes."The Tory party is absolutely imploding...We've had the sort of swing that puts us on track for a majority Labour government," Starmer said.Click here to sign up for our newsletters. Read More The full exchange: Keir Starmer grills Boris Johnson over rail strikeStarmer says government wants workers to take pay cut while boosting bankers bonusesThe full exchange: Keir Starmer grills Boris Johnson over rail strike
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Keir Starmer on Wakefield by-election: 'Tories out of touch, out of ideas'

Sir Keir Starmer has hailed his party's win in the Wakefield by-election, where Labour's Simon Lightwood took the seat from the Conservatives. The Labour leader said the prime minister and his party were "out of touch and out of ideas". The Conservatives also lost a second seat in another by-election...
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Thursday briefing: Has Keir Starmer suffered signal failure on rail strikes?

Good morning. This should be a very difficult week for the Conservative party. The country grinds to a halt for a second time today because of rail strikes that unions blame on the government; Boris Johnson refuses to say whether he tried to get his now-wife a job at the foreign office; inflation hits a 40-year high; and tomorrow morning two by-election results could indicate the extent of voters’ disapproval. Somehow, though, it’s Labour that seems to be in the throes of a crisis.
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Sir Keir Starmer set to miss Durham ‘Big Meeting’

Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer is set to miss a trip to the Durham Miners’ Gala next month, unlike his two most recent predecessors.The traditional trade union-backed event, known as the Big Meeting, attracts some 200,000 people to the historic city centre, where crowds watch processions of brass bands and banners.The gala was cancelled in 2020 and 2021 due to Covid, and its return is dedicated to the key workers who kept society going during the pandemic – a decision organisers announced last year.Sir Keir, who faces the so-called “beergate” police inquiry over his trip to Durham in April 2021,...
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Keir Starmer: Government increasing bankers bonuses

Labour leader Keir Starmer asked if the government was focused on pay cuts for working people or pay rises for executives and bankers. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the government had increased the living wage and universal credit payments.
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Keir Starmer is too timid just when he needs to show leadership

Zoe Williams says people are “crying out to hear some real values” from a Labour leader (Opinion, 20 June). She is right, of course, just as the Labour party is wrong when its leaders keep hiding behind the “we can’t tell you what we would do to solve the problem because the election is two years away” fence. We still don’t know what Labour really stands for, and it doesn’t appear to have the big beasts capable or willing to tell us.
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The full exchange: Keir Starmer grills Boris Johnson over rail strike

Sir Keir Starmer used Prime Minister's Questions to pressure Boris Johnson on rail strikes, Labour's leader questioned the prime minister on this week's disruptions, plus allegations that he offered his wife Carrie Johnson top jobs in the Foreign Office and environmental roles at Cop26 and within the royal family.Johnson called out Starmer for not calling out Labour MPs who went out to support picket lines on Tuesday (21 June), while Starmer accused the PM of "not lifting a finger."Click here to sign up for our newsletters.
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