Starmer blasts 'ridiculous chaotic circus' of Tory leadership contest

The Labour leader has hit out at the Conservative leadership race as a ‘ridiculous, chaotic circus’.

Sir Keir Starmer claimed the public is ‘fed up to the back teeth’ with Tory infighting and again called for a general election.

Appearing on the BBC’s Sunday With Laura Kuenssberg, he said: ‘My focus is on the millions of people who are struggling to pay their bills, have now got additional anxieties about their mortgage – I know what it feels like not to be able to pay your bills, that happened to me and my family when I was growing up.

‘They are fed up to the back teeth with this.’

Sir Keir continued: ‘The country needs change, the country needs stability, the country needs to get rid of this chaos, it’s been going on for the best part of 12 years, we don’t need another change at the top of the Tory party, we need a change of government.’

The Labour leader said any incoming government would have to ‘pick up a real mess of our economy of the Tories’ making’.

He was asked to go into detail on policy areas for a Labour government and noted they would have to face ‘tough choices’ that means they ‘can’t do some of the things we want to do as an incoming Labour government as quickly as we would want to’.

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Asked what that would involve, Sir Keir replied: ‘I’m not going to write our manifesto on this programme.’

More to follow.

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