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Starmer’s bonfire of promises is likely to see Labour’s electoral chances crash and burn

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Maybe it was all a dream. Five years ago, I remember squeezing into my seat in Labour’s packed Liverpool conference venue to hear the news that Jeremy Corbyn had been re-elected as leader, seeing off Owen Smith’s chal...

Starmer’s speech: what he said – and why

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After 17 months as Labour leader, Keir Starmer has finally delivered his first party conference speech to a packed hall in Brighton, setting out a vision for winning the next election, his values and how they were inf...

The verdict on Keir Starmer’s Labour conference speech

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Keir Starmer’s first speech to a proper party conference was unusually long. That’s fine. The duration was a form of release for him, a serious-minded leader trapped by a pandemic, finally securing an audience. Starm...

Starmer’s speech to show focus is on winning, rather than unity

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Labour conference speeches can be notable for their omissions – as Ed Miliband found with the deficit. This year, Keir Starmer’s speech will have another significant absence – the name of Jeremy Corbyn. Starmer’s aide...

Democracy is dead in Keir Starmer’s Labour

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In recent weeks, I have been wearing a badge of honour. I have joined the ranks of those expelled or suspended from the Labour party. My crime? To have supported a group, recently proscribed, who oppose unjustified ex...

The Guardian view on Starmer’s Labour: time to take on the Tories

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Britons usually eat more than 10m turkeys during the festive season. If the country were to run short of the yuletide bird then that may be the crisis to crystallise for voters Boris Johnson’s leading role in letting ...

Old faces of New Labour in Keir Starmer’s inner circle

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There are figures who worked for Tony Blair and Gordon Brown and others who have joined after spending years in careers outside Westminster politics. Yet as a collective, the team advising Keir Starmer ahead of the bi...

Angela Rayner questions Starmer’s Labour leadership rule changes

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Labour’s deputy leader, Angela Rayner, has privately expressed her objections to Keir Starmer’s last-minute bid to push through changes to the party’s leadership election rules, the Guardian understands. Rayner, the s...

‘Keir has no choice but to go bold’: Starmer’s conference high-wire act

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It was at the Devon seaside that Keir Starmer finished his first draft of the speech that is set to be the most important moment of his political career to date. The Labour leader was ostensibly on holiday when he fir...

Keir Starmer’s make-or-break conference week

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The Labour party meets this weekend in Brighton for its first in-person annual conference since Keir Starmer won the leadership. Jessica Elgot explains why it could define his future prospects ...

The verdict on Keir Starmer’s vision statement for Labour, The Road Ahead

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If The Road Ahead reveals anything, it is quite how hemmed in Starmer is by Boris Johnson, Brexit and the continued shadow of Jeremy Corbyn. The pamphlet reads far more like a Labour conference speech than a thinktan...

Starmer’s words – and what they mean for Labour

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Keir Starmer has written a 35-page pamphlet for the Fabian Society, setting out his vision for the future of both Labour and the UK. Based around broader ideas rather than specific policies, it nonetheless represents ...

Starmer’s proposed party rule changes are an anti-democratic outrage

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Keir Starmer’s approval ratings are significantly worse than those of Boris Johnson. Less than a third of Labour’s own voters think he is doing a good job, and more than six in 10 of all voters do not think he seems l...

Starmer’s caution has been politically disastrous – can he change course?

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This time last year, Keir Starmer was preparing to give his first conference speech as Labour leader to a near-empty room. Separated from the public due to social distancing measures and greeted with silence rather th...

Starmer’s pitiful pitch to England’s north-east is a recipe for more disasters

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Labour’s drubbing in the Hartlepool byelection was the most dramatic and symbolic of all the varied results from May’s elections. Party figures have eagerly repeated a familiar metaphor since those results: that Labou...

Keir Starmer’s botched reshuffle exposes his loss of authority

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Before the chaos of the past five days, there were already growing doubts among Labour MPs about Keir Starmer’s leadership – but until now, these worries were largely muffled by relief that anyone other than Jeremy Co...

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