Keir Starmer slammed by Wootton over climate change demands
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The Labour leader took to Twitter yesterday to boast about his political vision for the future. He wrote alongside an article outlining his policies: “I came into politics to change lives, I didn’t come into politics to be in opposition. In order to win the next election, Labour has to win the future. With my leadership, we will.” In the article that accompanied the comments, Sir Keir also stated Labour needs to modernise and become “the party of the next 10 or 20 years” if it is to stand a chance of winning the next election.
However, the comments did not go down well with several Twitter users who urged Sir Keir to submit some “realistic” proposals.
Replying to Sir Keir’s post, one person wrote: “But posting pictures of you holidaying in Paris isn’t going to help you in the North.”
Another added: “You haven’t a ‘cat in hells’ chance.”
A third said: “Good luck with that as at present you seem unable to even be an effective opposition…”
Another added: “I have no idea what Starmer stands for but he has made it clear that he does not want my vote.”
A fifth person said: “You have no mandate to lead Labour when you plan on dropping the 10 pledges that got you elected.”
Another Twitter user wrote: “Cringing for you”.
Others disagreed and urged Sir Keir to form a progressive alliance.
One person wrote: “You need a progressive alliance with the libs and greens. You need also to acknowledge that Brexit is not working.”
A second added: “The problems facing the world are so huge, only a progressive alliance and PR can lead to changes we need, if you had a vision or spine you’d be doing that.”
Another person said: “In order to win the next election, Labour has to form a progressive alliance.”
It comes after Sir Keir added: “In order to win that election, we have to win the future.
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“We have to modernise and we have to be the party of the next 10 or 20 years, not the party that simply looks back at the last 10 years and says: ‘You could have had something else if you’d voted Labour’.
“The top priority is a Labour government. That’s the whole purpose of the Labour party.”
Sir Keir continued: “I came into politics to change lives, I didn’t come into politics to be in opposition.
“However much you may use social media to say what you did in a vote, if you lost the vote, you didn’t change anything.
“I have burned into my memory the fact that in the first 12 months, as an MP, I voted 172 times and lost 171 times.
“That is not changing lives. The No 1 priority is winning that election.”
He concluded: “What is the one thing that connects the victories in ’45 with Attlee, in the ’60s with Wilson and with Blair in ’97? It is that the Labour party in those moments glimpsed the future and had a forward-looking programme.
“That is at the heart of what we are doing at the moment.”
The news comes after Sir Keir was warned by a prominent Brexiteer and party member that the Labour Party is paying the price for treating its core voters with “contempt”, and now has a “mountain to climb” if it is ever to get back into Government.
Paul Embery believes there is no guarantee of wooing back former supporters who defected to the Tories in 2019, explaining: “The taboo has been broken”.
Mr Embery recently won an employment tribunal against the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) after being dismissed from his job as a union rep after attending a pro-Brexit rally, a victory which he admitted left him feeling both vindicated and sad at what he terms a “witch-hunt”.
He told Express.co.uk: “I’ve been in the Labour Party for 27 years.
“In terms of where it’s going, he’s got a mountain to climb and he’s still in the foothills at the moment.
“There is clearly a huge chasm now between the Labour Party and ordinary working class people in post-industrial Britain, small-town Britain, provincial Britain, call it what you like.”
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