Labour: ‘We’re a long way from there’

International22 Jul ’23 at 14:52Author of the book: Remy Cock

The failure of Britain’s Labor Party to replace former prime minister Boris Johnson, who resigned after last week’s election, shows the opposition still has a long way to go. Reuters reports based on reports from Labor leader Keir Starmer.

The failure of Britain’s Labor Party to replace former prime minister Boris Johnson, who resigned after last week’s election, shows the opposition still has a long way to go. Reuters reports based on reports from Labor leader Keir Starmer. (PA)

While Labor has managed to win a generally conservative-seated seat in the north of England, narrow defeats in Uxbridge and South Ruislip have given sitting Prime Minister Rishi Sunak some breathing room ahead of national elections expected next year.

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“If anyone needs to be told we’re not there yet, they should look at Uxbridge,” Starmer told a party rally. “Uxbridge’s decision shows there is no time to slow down.”

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Starmer also believes the reason for the defeat lies not with the candidate, but with London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s plans to expand London’s low-emissions zone. That should happen next month.

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With that, Starmer says the Conservatives would have won a seat with Labour’s policies. “During elections, policy matters,” he said today. “We’re doing something wrong when the policies we make end up in Tory pamphlets. Now we have to swallow it and learn from it.’

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