Keir Starmer facing ‘difficult problems’ says political insider
The Labour Party leader took over from Jeremy Corbyn following their election wipeout in 2019, which saw support crumble. However, rather than kickstart a Labour fightback, party insiders have warned Mr Starmer is failing to take the battle to the Government.
One Labour source said: “Even Piers Morgan has more traction with these voters to criticise this Government than we do.
“Our problem is that the public wants Boris Johnson to do well.
“They think he’s had a really bad hand and they want him to succeed.
“We haven’t got permission to be in the room.”
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer
Conservative leader Boris Johnson
Early last year, Sir Keir warned his party they had a “mountain to claim” if they want to regain power.
But the source claimed those voters who turned away from the party “didn’t leave us overnight”.
They told The Times: “We’re not up the mountain.
“We’re not even at the difficult point yet, where you’re huffing and puffing and feel like your heart is going to explode.
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“The voters that we need to win back didn’t leave us overnight.”
Sir Keir has been left red-faced over a number of opinion poll results which show Labour trailing between the Tories following a string of embarrassments for the Opposition leader.
This week brought a spate of hiccups to his agenda which he was forced to apologise for.
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The leadership proposed “use of the flag, veterans and dressing smartly” as part of a plan to rebrand the Opposition party.
He also caused an uproar by telling Prime Minister Boris Johnson the “truth escapes him” during PMQs.
Mr Johnson hit back and accused him not of wanting to join the EU’s vaccination programme but the EU’s medicines regulator.
And according to The Times, senior Labour MPs are concerned his moderate politics risk turning him into a “continuity Ed Miliband”.
Good Morning Britain host Piers Morgan
One MP said: “There’s something missing.
“We’re not in the relegation zone anymore, but equally we’re not ahead of the Tories in the polls and given the mess they’re in, we ought to be.
“Even Ed Miliband was constantly eight or nine points ahead of David Cameron and look where that ended up.”
Another claimed Sir Keir was too afraid to stray into unfamiliar territories.
Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer
They said: “Investing in public services, supporting the NHS and attacking the Tories on Universal Credit, these are all important, but they are also our comfort zone.
“In their heart, many people still think we are an anti-business party.
“Keir and Anneliese [Dodds] need to be saying that we will strain every fibre to support enterprise.”
This week, Sky’s political correspondent, Kate McCann, issued a damning blow to the Labour leader said he had not shown he was able to “bring people back” to the party.
Former Prime Minister David Cameron
She said: “They do have some pretty difficult problems domestically.
“Keir Starmer, you know his reputation is being questioned by those inside and outside the party.
“Yes we are in a pandemic, yes, of course, that is the main focus of both parties.
“But he is also a relatively new leader taking over from someone who had made quite a big impact.
“The expectation was that Sir Keir Starmer would be able to bring people back to the party.
“The question is can he?”