Labour’s next general election campaign will focus on “wealth creation”, Sir Keir Starmer has said, denying he is “bored”.
Speaking in Gateshead, the Labor leader outlined his party’s priorities as conservative leadership elections beginpromising to give Britain “the fresh start it needs”.
He told reporters that Britain was “stuck with a crash economy” with people “stuck at home, unable to get a passport to fight, stuck on the phone trying to get a GP appointment”.
“We will reboot our economy, revitalize our communities, revitalize our public services, bring the country together, clean up politics and end the cost of living crisis,” Sir Keir said.
He also promised to close the “VAT loophole for private schools” to invest in education, and to close tax loopholes used by private capital to fund mental health treatment costs if Labor comes to power.
Sir Keir said Labour’s next election campaign would focus on making “Britain richer”.
During a question and answer session after his speech, Sky News political correspondent Liz Bates asked the Labor leader if he was “too boring” to be prime minister.
Sir Keir quipped in response that “the only thing that’s sad is the opposition”.
Elsewhere, Foreign Secretary Liz Truss has officially joined the Tory leadership race, while Home Secretary Priti Patel is potentially set to announce her candidacy.
Foreign Minister Rehman Chishti also made an unexpected entry 11 The Conservatives are now fighting to replace Johnson as Prime Minister.
Sir Keir has called on all Conservative leadership candidates to “put their money where their mouths are” and call a general election.
He also spoke about the importance of being able to trust ministers and politicians.
However, he declined to comment directly on whether Risha Sunak should be banned from running for Conservative Party leader after he was given a fixed penalty notice over the party gate scandal.
Last week there were Sir Keir and his deputy Angela Rayner cleared of violation of blocking rules during a visit to Durham last year following a police investigation.
Both have promised to resign if they are found to have broken the rules during a trip to the town in April 2021 ahead of the Hartlepool by-election.
None of those present at the event, which was dubbed “Beergate”, were fined.
This is in stark contrast to the 126 reports of fixed fines by the Metropolitan Police for breaking the rules in Downing Street and Whitehall.
Mr Johnson, his wife Kerry Johnson and then chancellor Mr Sunak were fined for attending the prime minister’s birthday party in June 2020, when indoor mixing was banned.
Responding to the findings of a police investigation in Durham, Sir Cyrus said at a press conference: “People told me I was taking a risk saying I would resign if I was fined. But it was never about that.
“For me it was a matter of principle. It shouldn’t be controversial to say that those who make the law can’t break the law. But we have to set the bar much higher.”