Starmer warns ‘no quick fix’ as he unveils Labour election pledges in speech – latest

Keir Starmer launches Labour election campaign with six pledges to voters

Sir Keir Starmer has launched Labour’s pitch to voters ahead of the general election, unveiling a set of six steps for government.

Slamming 14 years of Conservative government he has vowed to fix the country “without gimmicks or sticky plasters”.

Speaking from Essex this morning, he is joined by deputy leader Angela Rayner and Shadow Chancellor Rachel Reeves.

He vows to deliver economic stability, cut NHS waiting times, create a new Border Security Command to end criminal boat gangs, and a publicly owned energy provider, to be called Great British Energy.

He promises to tackle on antisocial behaviour, and he will announce the recruitment of 6,500 new teachers.

It comes as Rishi Sunak launched in his own keynote speech earlier this week where he criticised Labour for fighting based on “Starmer versus Sunak”.

But Sir Keir is convinced that he wants it to be a personal battle between the two men around who is a better candidate to run the country.

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Sir Keir Starmer ends his keynote speech

In case you’ve missed it, the Labour leader has unveiled a card including six steps “fully funded and ready to go to change the country”.

With the sleeves rolled up and ready to tackle what the Tories have “damaged” he promised:

  • 1- Economic stability
  • 2- Cutting NHS waiting lists
  • 3- A new Border Security Command
  • 4- A new Great British Energy
  • 5- Tackle antisocial behaviour
  • 6- Extra 6,500 teachers
He set out his Tony Blair-style plan from Essex (Getty Images)

Salma Ouaguira16 May 2024 11:41

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New Labour vs Change Labour

A reporter asks: “Tony Blair had five pledges, you have six. He had New Labour, you have Changed Labour. He took this tie off, yours if off too. Are you just a copycat Blair?”

He responds the most important thing about Blair is that he was able to take the party from the opposition to power.

Praising the former Prime Minister, he says he successfully pursued people to vote Labour and “he won three elections in a row.”

But he claims: “The changes we face now are not the same.

“For people asking ‘which leader you got tattooed inside of your arm?’ The answer is none of them.”

Salma Ouaguira16 May 2024 11:31

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‘This government has lost control,’ Starmer says

Sir Keir Starmer claims the Conservatives’ plan to stop the boats is not working.

He says: “If you don’t have the right to to be here you will be removed, and that’s not happening.”

Salma Ouaguira16 May 2024 11:27

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‘Starmer Heir to Blair’

Sir Keir Starmer is accused of presenting pledges similar to the Tories’ plan and Blair’s New Labour.

Natasha Clark from LBC asks: “Do you feel like Tony Blair today?”

Without denying a Blair-style electoral campaign, he replies: “Let me reject the idea this is a Tory card.”

Salma Ouaguira16 May 2024 11:23

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Labour is aiming big

Starmer claimed his campaign pitch doesn’t lack ambition.

He says: “Imagine the NHS back on its feet, imagine clean power by 2030. I don’t accept their small steps.

“If you can’t pay your bills or buy a house, these are huge changes that really matter.”

Salma Ouaguira16 May 2024 11:19

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Starmer takes questions from the press

Asked by Sky News over scaling back his ambition: “I’m not scaling back my ambition absolutely at all.”

He claims he has been crafting his strategy for over four years after the “chaos” from Rishi Sunak.

“The first change was to change the Labour Party inside out” and recognise the Tory party as “incompetent,” he says.

Salma Ouaguira16 May 2024 11:15

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‘It is a plan to change the county’

Ending the speech Starmer says: “This is the message that we can say at every doorstep across the country.”

“With this first steps we can rebuild our country with Labour.”

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Labour to deliver 6,500 extra teachers

He promises: “We have to prepare young people for the jobs they will actually going to do for the lives they will have.

“We have to focus on creativity and confidence. But we need to get

“We haven’t got enough teachers.”

Salma Ouaguira16 May 2024 11:08

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Labour to crack down on antisocial behavior

5- Tackle antisocial behaviour

He says: “We got to crackdown on 30,000 new community officers to keep your streets safe.”

Salma Ouaguira16 May 2024 11:06

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The Great British Energy

4- A new Great British Energy

He vows to create a publicly-funded energycompany to tackle sky-rocketing energy bills.

He says Great British Energy will “harness clean British power owned by the taxpayer, making money for the taxpayer. Investing in the future and keeping bills down for good”.

Salma Ouaguira16 May 2024 11:05