‘Labour is the party of middle England’, says Keir Starmer
Labour is “the party of middle England”, Keir Starmer has claimed.
But the party’s Westminster Leader insisted that “we’ve also got to focus on winning votes across the whole United Kingdom”.
He made the comments in an interview with The Times following what has been described as a “brutal” reshuffle of his top team.
It saw Yvette Cooper replace Nick Thomas-Symonds, the MP for Torfaen, as Shadow Home Secretary. Thomas-Symonds was moved to the position of Shadow Secretary of State for International Trade.
Lucy Powell replaced Jo Stevens, the Labour MP for Cardiff Central, as Shadow Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
Stevens was made the new Shadow Welsh Secretary, and replaced Nia Griffith, the MP for Llanelli, in the post.
In the Times interview, Starmer was asked if he considers Labour to be “the party of middle England?”
He replied: “Yes, absolutely, it is and it must be. I’m constantly conscious of the fact that in addition to retaining the votes that we’ve had in 2019, my job is to regain the trust of those voters that voted Labour in the past, not just in 2019, but actually in 2017, 2015 and 2010 and no longer vote Labour. And persuade them not just to look at Labour again but also to vote Labour again. That is about building trust.
“Have we got to focus on winning votes in the red wall? Yes, but we’ve also got to focus on winning votes across the whole United Kingdom. Therefore, yes is the answer to middle England. We absolutely need to win those votes.”