Keir Starmer sets out some of Labour’s goals for the country

Speaking in Manchester, Sir Keir Starmer set out the five ‘missions’ that will form the core of his party’s manifesto. He pledged to make Britain the fastest growing major economy by the end of Labour’s first term in government. Making the country a “clean energy superpower” and reducing health inequalities will also be key priorities if the party wins power. The Labour leader claimed his plan would give Britain “its future back”. The speech was an attempt by Sir Keir to convince voters that Labour is a viable alternative to the government. The speech was short on policy specifics, which will be promised later in the year. However, it was notable that the Labour leader spoke of a ‘decade of renewal’, suggesting that he was already looking ahead to a second term in government.

When questioned by reporters, he stated that he aimed to remain “modest” and not assume triumph, although he recognized that the concerns he recognized could not be resolved in a five-year span.

Sir Keir outlines five cornerstones for Labour manifesto and future government

The five objectives, which Sir Keir declared would constitute “the foundation of the Labour manifesto and the cornerstones of the next Labour administration,” comprise:

  • Achieving the “highest sustained growth” within the G7 group, comprising of the UK, US, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, and Japan, by the conclusion of the first term of Labour
  • Establishing Britain as a “clean energy superpower” by eliminating fossil fuels from all of the nation’s electricity generation by 2030
  • Enhancing the NHS
  • Restructuring the justice system
  • Elevating education standards

Labour is ahead of the Conservatives by roughly 20% in polls, implying that the party is poised to win the upcoming general election, expected to occur next year.

The upcoming speech from the leader of the Labour party, anticipated to take place on Monday, will focus on the economy and feature a “round table” discussion with select business leaders.

The leader also confirmed his support for the significant increase in corporation tax scheduled for April, stating that businesses were more worried about instability than the tax hike.

Sir Keir’s shift to the centre has drawn criticism from the left of his own party and within the Conservative party. He has abandoned left-wing policies and is now using language similar to that of former Prime Minister Tony Blair. However, this strategic move leaves him vulnerable to accusations of unclear beliefs and values. Sir Keir has stated that his “mission-driven government” will prioritize ambition and long-term solutions over quick fixes and pandering to the public. He aims to move beyond cynicism and short-term obsessions that have held Britain back. In terms of the economy, he advocates for neither state control nor pure free markets, but rather a focus on getting the job done, regardless of whether investment and expertise comes from the public or private sector.

The Conservative Party chairman, Greg Hands, has criticized Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer, saying that he lacks principles and has no new ideas. Hands believes that a Starmer Labour government would revert to old habits of spending too much, raising taxes, increasing debt, and soft sentences. The left-wing campaign group, Momentum, has attacked Sir Keir for abandoning promises he made when running for Labour leader in 2020, including introducing common ownership of energy, water, and rail. However, Sir Keir argued that the majority of Labour members support him. Both Sir Keir and Chancellor Rishi Sunak have set out their goals for their respective roles, with growing the economy being a shared priority.