Keir Starmer said last night that a Labour government would keep tax rates for working people as “low” as possible while renewing his calls for a general election.
According to the Labour leader, people “certainly can’t afford for Rishi Sunak to cling on to power for as long as he cares to do so” because there hasn’t been “any meaningful growth for 13 years” under the Tory party.
He said to the Daily Mirror: “It’s not just the economy. The NHS is broken, the criminal justice system is broken. There’s almost nothing that isn’t broken.”
Despite the fact that the next election is not anticipated until 2024, Mr. Starmer continues to be the bookmakers’ favorite to take the No. 10 position despite Labour’s enormous poll lead having somewhat shrunk from its 25-year peak following the fall of Liz Truss’s brief government.
A Labour-led administration would “inherit a very difficult set of circumstances,” according to Mr. Starmer, who added that this made it all the more crucial that “we hit the ground running and restore the sense of hope that has been lost.”
When asked if he wants to lower taxes for people with lower incomes, the Labour leader responded, “I want to keep the burden on working people as low as we can.”
In a speech on Saturday, Mr. Starmer asserted that the next administration would be New Labour “on steroids” as a result of his initiative to reform the party in the wake of the Corbyn era.
Sir Keir claimed he didn’t care if people thought he was a conservative, saying Labour needed to transform its “entire culture” and go beyond Tony Blair’s symbolic rewrite of Clause Four in 1995 to renounce the party’s long-standing commitment to public ownership.
He added: “If that sounds conservative, then let me tell you: I don’t care.” He insisted that his party recognize that “precious” aspects of Britain’s “way of life,” towns, and environment are worth protecting.
It happens at a time when the Labour leader is also thinking about proposals to let millions of EU nationals participate in general elections under a Labour administration.