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Starmer deep­ens rift with at­tack on Cor­bynites

- By Sam Lis­ter Deputy Po­lit­i­cal Ed­i­tor UK News · Politics · Elections · Keir Starmer · Doncaster · Arbeidersparty · Conservative Party (UK) · Jeremy Corbyn · Boris Johnson

LABOUR leader Sir Keir Starmer blew wide open the rift in the party with his first con­fer­ence speech.

He sav­aged Cor­bynites for blam­ing vot­ers for their fail­ure to win the last elec­tion, say­ing the party de­served to lose.

But they an­grily hit back say­ing his speech was “a missed op­por­tu­nity to show sub­stance”.

An­drew Scat­ter­good, co- chair of the arch- Left­wing Mo­men­tum group, said: “If Starmer wants to ap­peal to work­ing class vot­ers, his pitch should be based on sol­i­dar­ity with the work­ing class and de­fend­ing their in­ter­ests, not just slo­gans and plat­i­tudes.”

Sir Keir, speak­ing in Don­caster, South Yorks, where Labour lost a safe seat to the Tories, ap­pealed to work­ing class vot­ers that de­serted his party un­der Jeremy Cor­byn to give it another chance.

Sir Keir said: “The Labour Party has lost four gen­eral elec­tions in a row.

“We’ve granted the Tories a decade of power.’

And he warned they can only change lives if they are in gov­ern­ment.

He told the party it must be “bru­tally hon­est” about its fail­ures.

He added: “When you lose an elec­tion in a democ­racy, you de­serve to.”

He also in­sisted the Brexit de­bate is over and his party will not be one that “keeps bang­ing on about Europe”.

In the ad­dress, de­liv­ered with­out an au­di­ence to com­ply with coro­n­avirus re­stric­tions, he launched a per­sonal at­tack on Prime Min­is­ter Boris John­son, claim­ing he is “just not se­ri­ous” and “he’s not up to the job”.

 ??  ?? ‘ We de­served to lose’… Sir Keir
‘ We de­served to lose’… Sir Keir
 ??  ?? An­drew Scat­ter­good
An­drew Scat­ter­good

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