Federation of Awarding Bodies Chief Executive Tom Bewick called the Labour Party out for being “angry with its country”, accusing them of not being a “credible party with government”. The slamming came after Keir Starmer’s in-person speech at the Labour conference where he promised a “serious plan for government”. But Mr Bewick dismissed the statement as an attempt to stroke the “erogenous zone” of staunch Labour members rather than a viable strategy to win over other voters.
Speaking to GB News, Mr Bewick said: “I am speaking as a former Labour Councillor, not in terms of my day job.
“We want to see a credible future labour government.
“But what we saw in the room yesterday and I think your clip just demonstrated that was, I’m afraid, still a Labour Party.
“Yes it’s in transition, but it is still rather angry with itself, and importantly angry with the country.”
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He continued: “And a party that is angry with the country is not a credible party of government.
“And I’m afraid what Keir Starmer demonstrated yesterday was rather a sort of buzzword bingo approach to a 90-minute speech
“He was more concerned about in a sense of as stroking the erogenous zones as those in the hall-not always getting universal acclaim for that.
“But wasn’t actually speaking to the country about the issues that matter to them.”
Sir Keir Starmer delivered an emotional 90-minute speech in what was his first appearance as Labour leader since his election in April 2020.
Following the speech, he told Sky News Kay Burley: “It’s a broad church, there is something now to unite behind, which is the programme we’re setting out – a credible programme for government.
“We can unite around a programme that is credible and that will put us into a position to go into government.
“If you dissent if you don’t like affordable housing which is was what we unveiled on Friday if you don’t like employment rights, including statutory sick pay, which was so desperately needed during the pandemic.
“If you don’t like the idea that children should leave school ready for life, ready for work, then I don’t really know what you’re arguing against, because it seems to me working families up and down the country are desperate for these changes to be made.”
Mr Starmer earlier in the week made headlines after disputes between the leadership and the left-wing of the party began to emerge over his proposed reform plans.
He reopened a bitter internal row just days before his party’s annual conference as he put forward plans to shake up regulation on how the party elects its leader.
Following backlash from delegates, Mr Starmer was forced to present a watered-down version of his plan which were ultimately accepted.