Thursday, May 30, 2024

Labour’s Keir Starmer makes keynote “six pledges” speech in Thurrock

KEIR Starmer, Leader of the Labour today (THURSDAY) launched Labour’s first steps for change – Labour’s doorstep offer to the British people.

At a major event in Thurrock today, Keir Starmer and his Shadow Cabinet outlined Labour’s offer to the country after 14 years of failure and decline under Conservative governments.  

After successful May elections, Keir Starmer told members of the Shadow Cabinet that: “this next phase of our strategy is crucially important. It’s where we work tirelessly to give people back a belief in change, by showing the real difference a Labour government will make to their lives.”

Following the launch of the five national missions last year, he explained that now was the time to show how, if elected, we would make an urgent start to deliver on them.

Speaking ahead of the event, Keir Starmer told the shadow cabinet that for this election Labour was evolving its traditional pledge card and would be promising first steps towards the missions – “a down payment on change – on our determination to begin a decade of national renewal”. 

He said: “What is crucial about these commitments is that they are part of a long-term plan to get Britain back on its feet.” 

“Each of the first steps would chime with voters’ aspirations, show a clear set of priorities and a powerful direction of travel,” he said.

Keir Starmer promised that each of the first steps would be a serious change, not a sticking plaster solution. Each would be ‘gimmick free’, fully costed and funded and make a difference to the lives of working people. “People want someone to get a grip – get things done and start to get Britain back on its feet. That is what our first steps are about.”

The Labour leader stressed that the first of these steps would be economic stability because that would be the biggest change we could offer the country after five prime ministers in seven years and economic chaos costing working families so much. “Stability is change’, he told the Shadow Cabinet. 

On this foundation of economic stability, Labour’s plans for growth include building 1.5million homes with the biggest boost to affordable, social and council housing for a generation, making work pay with a new deal for working people, introducing a new modern UK industrial strategy, giving Mayors and combined authorities powers and flexibility to turbocharge local growth, and reforming our skills system to meet the needs of the coming decade.

Labour’s First Steps to Change Britain:

  1. Deliver economic stability with tough spending rules, so we can grow our economy and keep taxes, inflation and mortgages as low as possible.
  2. Cut NHS waiting times with 40,000 more appointments each week, during evenings and weekends, paid for by cracking down on tax avoidance and non-dom loopholes.
  3. Launch a new Border Security Command with hundreds of new specialist investigators and use counter-terror powers to smash the criminal boat gangs.
  4. Set up Great British Energy a publicly-owned clean power company, to cut bills for good and boost energy security, paid for by a windfall tax on oil and gas giants.
  5. Crack down on antisocial behaviour with more neighbourhood police paid for by ending wasteful contracts, tough new penalties for offenders, and a new network of youth hubs. 
  6. Recruit 6,500 new teachers in key subjects to prepare children for life, work and the future, paid for by ending tax breaks for private schools.

Keir Starmer MP, Leader of the Labour Party, said: 

“These first steps make real our claim that a changed Labour Party is back in service of working people. They show our priorities, what we care about and what the British public cares about. Country first, party second.” 

“These first steps will make a real difference to people’s lives. If you’re waiting in pain for NHS treatment, if your child is at school and you want higher standards, if your local area is plagued by anti-social behaviour, if you want cheaper energy bills for good, these first steps show what a Labour Government will do to help you.” 

Keir Starmer told colleagues that in each policy area Labour needed to be crystal clear about the levers to pull that will make the biggest impact as quickly as possible:

“The contrast at the election is going to be stark. A Tory Party that gets nothing done, can’t deliver – struggles to get to the end of the week. And a Labour Party, sleeves rolled up, fixing problems with a long-term plan for change”…”These steps can only be achieved if we pull together, with a sense of common purpose, ending the years of division, and rebuilding the country in partnership.”

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