Keir Starmer unveils six election pledges as David Cameron’s Bullingdon Club pal backs Labour – latest

Keir Starmer unveils six election pledges as David Camerons Bullingdon Club pal backs Labour latest
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Keir Starmer launches Labour election campaign with six pledges to voters

Sir Keir Starmer has launched Labour’s pitch to voters ahead of the general election, unveiling a set of six steps for government.

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Slamming 14 years of Conservative government he has vowed to fix the country “without gimmicks or sticky plasters”

Speaking from Essex this morning, he is joined by deputy leader Angela Rayner and Shadow Chancellor Rachel Reeves.

He vowed to deliver economic stability, cut NHS waiting times, create a new Border Security Command to end criminal boat gangs, and a publicly owned energy provider, to be called Great British Energy.

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He promised to tackle on antisocial behaviour, and he will announce the recruitment of 6,500 new teachers.

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The chief executive of Boots Sebastian James has endorsed Labour. The Old Etonian friend of Boris Johnson and David Cameron, praised Sir Keir’s focus on economic growth and Britain’s high streets.

It comes as Rishi Sunak launched in his own keynote speech earlier this week where he criticised Labour for fighting based on “Starmer versus Sunak”.

But Sir Keir is convinced that he wants it to be a personal battle between the two men around who is a better candidate to run the country.

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Mortgage possession claims hit a five year high after Liz Truss’s disastrous mini-budget

Warning the new figures show a steep rise in the number of families at risk of losing their homes.

Salma Ouaguira16 May 2024 13:15

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Labour says sex education should be age appropriate

Shadow Education Minister Catherine McKinnell said Labour believed sex education should be “age appropriate, taught in a respectful manner and tailored to the reality of children’s lives”.

But raised concerns on the Government’s new statutory guidance.

She told MPs: “While we’re pleased that the guidance has at last been published, there is deep concern about the lack of consultation with school leaders in developing the guidance so far.”

Salma Ouaguira16 May 2024 13:05

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Labour chief claimed £40,000 expenses to rent house next door

Pat McFadden has allegedly used over £40,000 on expenses for rent on a constituency property.

According to reports, the MP for Wolverhampton South East spent five years using the living arrangement.

He moved out of the property in July 2012, a month before the expenses rules were changes.

The new measures banned MPs from claiming expenses for mortgage interests.

Labour’s national campaign co-ordinator Pat McFadden (PA Wire)

Salma Ouaguira16 May 2024 12:51

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SNP slams Starmer for not mentioning Scotland in speech

The SNP Westminster deputy leader, Mhairi Black says the Labour leader made no mention of Scotland in his campaign launch.

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Ms Black said: “On the biggest issues damaging the UK, from austerity cuts to Brexit, the Labour Party is wedded to the same reckless policies as the Tories.

“You can’t stabilise the economy if you are trashing it with Brexit and you can’t deliver strong public services if you are imposing billions of pounds of cuts to our NHS, schools and police.

“The problem for Sir Keir is that he has U-turned on nearly every policy he has ever promised – so it’s little wonder the public don’t trust a single promise he now makes.

“And with no mention of Scotland throughout his speech, it’s clear that Sir Keir Starmer intends to be prime minister for England only.”

Mhairi Black has accused Sir Keir Starmer of being a future prime minister for England only (PA Archive)

Salma Ouaguira16 May 2024 12:34

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Watch: Old Etonian friend of Boris Johnson and David Cameron praises Sir Keir Starmer

Cameron’s Bullingdon Club pal endorses Sir Keir Starmer’s Labour

Salma Ouaguira16 May 2024 12:28

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UK and Bangladesh sign agreement to tackle illegal migration

The UK government has signed a new agreement with Bangladesh, which ministers say will speed up the return of illegal migrants in the UK.

The returns agreement will streamline the returns process by removing a mandatory interview for cases where there is good supporting evidence for removal.

Announcing the agreement, the Home Office said that failed asylum seekers, foreign national offenders, and individuals who have overstayed their visas will all be returned sooner as a result.

Illegal migration minister Michael Tomlinson said: “We have already seen clear evidence that these agreements have a significant impact on illegal migration. Global issues require global solutions and I look forward to working with Bangladesh and other partners to create a fairer system for all.”

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Education Secretary is giving a speech on sex education in schools

Addressing the Commons, Gillan Keegan said:“We need to make sure that our children are prepared for the world they live in without taken the innocence of childhood. In short, we need to allow our chidren to be children.

“Parents have a right to know what their children are being taught.

“Teachers are there to teach children facts not political agendas of campaign groups.

“Schools should not teach about the contested issue on gender identity including that gender is a spectrum.”

Education Secretary Gillian Keegan (PA Wire)

Salma Ouaguira16 May 2024 12:19

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‘Starmer is a serial promise breaker,’ Tory member says

The Conservative Party chairman Richard Holden said Sir Keir Starmer’s speech was “devoid of any plan for Britain”.

He branded the leader a “serial promise breaker who doesn’t have the courage or conviction to stick to a single pledge he has ever made”.

Mr Holden added his plans are “unfunded spending, higher taxes and amnesty for illegal migrants” that would “take Britain back to square one”.

Salma Ouaguira16 May 2024 12:14

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Meanwhile the Tories…

Rishi Sunak reinforces the party’s plan to stop schools from teaching children “gender ideology”.

It comes as the Education Secretary insisted the Government’s approach will still allow children to “explore ideologies”.

Salma Ouaguira16 May 2024 12:08

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In full: ‘We will turn the page with Labour,’ Starmer promises

During his pre-election pitch to voters, he has promised to fix the country rom the Conservatives’ mess.

Sir Keir said: “If you take these 14 years – to leave your country in a worse state after 14 years than you found it is unforgivable in politics, whichever party you support.

“I fundamentally believe that and I’m not prepared to see a Labour government that doesn’t materially improve our country so that we can genuinely look back in five or 10 years time and say, ‘do you know what, it is better now than it was.

“’This country has moved forward and I’ve moved forward, my family, my community has moved forward with it’.

“And that’s what this is all about. But for that, you need serious missions, you need first steps, you need a different mindset in politics.”

Salma Ouaguira16 May 2024 12:05



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