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The Labour leader is expected to use his high-stakes conference speech in Brighton on Wednesday to draw a firm line under the Jeremy Corbyn era, while attacking the smallness and triviality of 鲍里斯·约翰逊’s approach to government, which he will describe as “lost in the woods”.
It comes after the shock resignation of shadow cabinet ministers Andy McDonald, who alleged that the final straw came after he was instructed to vote against a campaign to raise the minimum wage to £15 an hour. In a message read out to leftwing activists at an event on Tuesday evening, during which they accused Sir Keir of “waging war” against the party’s left, Mr McDonald suggested he should seek a new “mandate” if he fails to honour pledges made during the leadership contest.
Political commentator John Rentoul to host Labour Party conference ‘Ask Me Anything’
After Sir Keir Starmer’s speech brings the conference to a close this afternoon, you can join 独立’s chief political commentator, 约翰·伦图尔, at 4pm for an “Ask Me Anything” session about where the Labour Party finds itself in the wake of its first in-person conference under Sir Keir’s leadership.
Here’s a taste of his thinking on events so far:
“It has been just like conferences of old: arguments, resignations, gaffes and speeches to a cavernous hall full of people, with the wind and the rain and the waves outside.
“Sir Keir Starmer seemed to fumble things at the start, being forced to retreat from his plan to bring back the electoral college for electing leaders in future, which would have given MPs and unions more say. But he got the changes that really mattered to him through, making it harder to deselect MPs.”
You can follow along, or “sign up” to get involved in the conversation, 这里:
The Independent’s chief political commentator John Rentoul will be answering your questions on the events of the Labour Party conference over recent days
Breaking: Brexit talks could reopen as Labour pledges to ‘fix’ Boris Johnson’s deal
A Labour government would “fix” Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal, David Lammy has said – representing a change in approach from the party and raising the prospect of more talks with the EU.
Sir Keir said emphatically in January that there was “no case” for renegotiating the accord struck between Boris Johnson and the EU – in an effort to put the Brexit issue to bed.
But speaking to the BBC, the shadow justice secretary blamed the agreement for economic problems hitting the UK and said Labour would have to “fix” it in government.
Our policy correspondent Jon Stone has more on this breaking story, which you can refresh for updates:
Opposition signals it could reopen negotiations with bloc
Voters see Tony Blair’s politics in Keir Starmer
Voters who are aware of Sir Keir Starmer’s politics believe that, when compared to former Labour leaders, he is ideologically closest to Tony Blair, a new poll suggests.
然而, 尽管 28 per cent of people chose Tony Blair, the largest proportion – 32 百分 – said either that they were unsure or that Sir Keir’s ideology was not similar to any of the former leaders listed.
Starmer is a ‘fighter’ who is ‘in touch with suburban Britain’, David Lammy suggests
Sir Keir Starmer has shown he is a “fighter” at the Labour Party conference by winning battles with his critics, David Lammy has suggested.
“The road may have been a bit bumpy at points but he has come out, as cool as a cucumber, and as a fighter,” the shadow justice secretary told Times Radio.
Sir Keir was someone with “compassion and kindness running through him” and he is “in touch with suburban Britain”, 他说.
He would not make the “mistake” of Labour’s 2019 election campaign, Mr Lammy said, 添加: “We will not be making proposals that cannot be costed, the public need to know where the money is coming from.”
Starmer to ‘put state education at the heart of his vision for Britain’
Sir Keir Starmer will pledge to put “state education at the heart of his vision for Britain” in his keynote speech today, according to the editor of Labour List.
Nationalisation should be on a case-by-base basis, David Lammy says
After Sir Keir Starmer appeared to backtrack on his previous support for Corbyn-era nationalisation policies – asserted during last year’s leadership campaign – by ruling out taking the “big six” energy firms into public control, David Lammy has suggested such decisions would be made on a “best value” basis rather than as an “ideological mission”.
“A party that is set on an ideological mission is usually rejected by the British people. 所以, do we have a belief in common ownership? 是的, we do,” the shadow justice secretary told the BBC.
“But you have got to look at the best value case as it sits at the time. We are some way off the next general election. There may well be a case for nationalisation of the rail but it might be different in a different sector or an industry.
“So we can’t just say – in the way that you might do if you were the politburo – we are going to nationalise everything, that doesn’t make sense. You have got to look case by case, sector by sector.”
Boris Johnson has ‘set himself up to fail’, shadow cabinet minister says
With Sir Keir Starmer expected to attack Boris Johnson’s government as “lost in the woods” during his keynote speech, a senior shadow cabinet minister has told 独立 that Labour’s high command believe that the optimism and confidence that attracted voters to Boris Johnson will seem increasingly brittle in the economically difficult years ahead.
“There’s an ever-growing chasm between the optimism and the delivery,“ 他们说, 添加: “Boris has set himself up to fail with the ‘levelling up’ stuff.
“When people are told their lives are going to be levelled up, they don’t think it means a government grant to do up a couple of shops on the high street, they are expecting something transformative. It’s a very high bar to reach and a very short period of time to achieve it in.”
Keir Starmer should ‘seek another mandate’ if he fails to honour leadership pledges
In his latest assault on Sir Keir Starmer, Andy McDonald has suggested the leader should go back to the Labour membership and seek a new “mandate” if he fails to honour pledges made during the leadership contest.
After quitting the shadow cabinet on Monday, a message from Mr McDonald was read out to leftwing activists on Tuesday evening at an event held by The World Transformed – which included John McDonnell, Jeremy Corbyn, Richard Burgon, Rebecca Long-Bailey, and Zarah Sultana.
“My message to Keir is that he must return to the 10 pledges on which he was elected to the leadership by Labour members. Comrades, if he fails to do so, he should go back to the membership to seek another democratic mandate,“ 他说.
A series of MPs from the party’s left bloc stood up to criticise the leadership, with one accusing Sir Keir of “waging war on the left”, and another claiming he was “missing in action”. Our political correspondent Ashley Cowburn has the full story:
Party’s left bloc accuse Labour leadership of being ‘missing in action’ and ‘waging war on left’
Bakers’ union severs links with Labour for neglecting working-class ‘aims and hopes’
In the latest show of disillusionment from the party’s left, the Bakers, Food & Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) has disaffiliated itself from Labour – accusing Sir Keir Starmer of neglecting working class “aims and hopes”.
在一份声明中, it said the decision had been taken by members “who predominantly live in what’s regarded as Labour Red Wall seats”, the crucial background at the next election.
It “shows how far the Labour Party has travelled away from the aims and hopes of working-class organisations like ours”, 声明阅读.
然而, the move also follows BFAWU president Ian Hodson being kicked out of the party over his support for Labour Against the Witchhunt – a group banned for support of party members accused of antisemitism.
Our deputy political editor Rob Merrick has more details:
Keir Starmer accused of ‘factional internal war’ with changes to leadership election rules
Starmer speech to put election victory ahead of party unity
Here’s more on our headline story this morning – Sir Keir Starmer’s high-stakes speech to party members, in which he is expected to seek to draw a line under the Corbyn era and declare Labour will never again go into a general election without a serious plan for government.
In what was billed as the most personal speech of his political life, he will set out how his background and his values inform the politician he has become.
Following criticism that his first 18 months as leader have been dominated by internal party battles, he will focus on his plans for Britain and his appeal to voters – with eye-catching policy announcements expected to counter accusations that he has failed to be clear about how Labour would govern.
Our political editor Andrew Woodcock has the full story here:
Labour leader to say he has serious plan for government and hits out at the PM for incompetence