Sir Keir Starmer has promised to “give Britain its future back” with a “mission-driven government” as he set out his priorities if he wins power at the next election.
The Labour leader set out five goals which will be at the core of his manifesto.
Secure the highest sustained growth in the G7Build an NHS fit for the futureMake Britain’s streets safeBreak down the barriers to opportunity at every stageMake Britain a clean energy superpowerIn a keynote speech in Manchester, Sir Keir said: “These missions will form the backbone of the Labour manifesto. The pillars of the next Labour government.
“They will be measurable, so we can track progress and be held to account. Long-term so we can look beyond the day-to-day. Informed by experts and the public, so we can build a coalition for change. And each will support our drive for growth. Each will help us get our future back.”
While the next election is not expected until autumn 2024, Sir Keir said he is already speaking to experts and business leaders about how he can achieve his goals.
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He promised to achieve his gaol for the economy “by the end of the first term” and said this will be “powered by good jobs and stronger productivity in every part of the country”.
On making the UK a clean energy super power, he said the first steps will be to insulate 19 million homes, train people in green jobs and create Great British Energy – a new, publicly owned company that will generate renewable sources.
Sir Keir said he is “not concerned about whether investment or expertise comes from the public or private sector – I just want to get the job done”.
This stands in contrast to his position in 2019, when the Labour party pledged to nationalise energy, rail, mail and water.
Sir Keir has since promised to take a “pragmatic” approach to nationalisation and told the audience in Manchester “if the aspiration is merely to replace the public sector while extracting a rent to privatise the profits, that takes us nowhere”.
Asked by Sky’s political editor Beth Rigby how he can be trusted when he has junked many of the policies he won the Labour leadership on, Sir Keir insisted his missions had been “hard thought through” and “reflect the challenges the country faces”.
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Sky News’ Beth Rigby has asked Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer if his lack of detailed policy proposals will turn off voters. Answering further questions from media he said all his missions will be “fully costed” but “reform is as important as the money we put in”.
He acknowledged all of the problems won’t be fixed within five years but said they will come with “measurable goals along the way”.
‘Sticking plaster politics’
Sir Keir is expected to set out further detail on his policies in the coming weeks.
It comes as the party continues to ride high in UK nationwide polls, while Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s approval rating slumps.
During his speech, the Labour leader repeatedly hit out at the Conservatives for “13 years of sticking plaster politics” which he blamed for many of the country’s problems.
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Listing some of those he said: “The only country in the G7 still poorer than it was before the pandemic. The worst decade for growth in two centuries. Seven million are on waiting lists and rising. You don’t see this everywhere.”
He said his missions are “a case for change, a new government and a new way of governing”.
He added: “Britain needs both and with Labour Britain will get both. That’s what today is about, a Britain that gets its future back.”