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Lord Kinnock: Fair to say voters not yet fully convinced by Labour

11 May 2024 3 minute read
Lord Neil Kinnock. Photo Nick Ansell/PA Wire

It is “fair” to say that voters are not yet fully convinced by Labour, ahead of the general election, the party’s former leader, Lord Kinnock, has said.

He led the Labour party in the run-up to the 1992 general election, when Sir John Major’s Conservatives won a fourth, unexpected, general election victory, despite Labour holding a narrow lead in the opinion polls.

Sir Keir Starmer’s party is enjoying a significant double-digit poll lead over Rishi Sunak’s Tories ahead of the election expected later this year.

The Prime Minister has tried to highlight analysis of the local election results which suggested the UK was on course for a hung Parliament, which is when no party has an overall majority.

Polling experts

However, other polling experts have warned against reading too much into local election data, as voters in general elections tend to to behave differently, with fewer opting for smaller parties.

Speaking to the BBC’s Week In Westminster, broadcast on Saturday, Lord Kinnock declined to speculate on what a Labour victory might look like, saying: “I think I can say with some certainty, we’re not going to lose.

“When it comes to trying to guess the possibility of majorities, large, medium, small, I simply won’t engage in that, because we’ve got a first-past-the-post system which can be very capricious.”

He said Labour is in a “good position” after the local elections, “not least because there were enough results that were disappointing to guarantee no complacency, without enough bad results to give us panic”.

Deeply disillusioned

Asked whether voters were deeply disillusioned with the Tories but not yet fully convinced by Labour’s pitch, he said: “I think that’s fair. And I think that it’s pretty natural after 14 years of continuous Conservative-led and Conservative governments.

“Expressing enthusiasm is different from expressing desperation. People will say ‘let’s get the bloody Tories out’, but they won’t say ‘hurrah hurrah, marvellous, freedom, liberation is with us because of Keir Starmer’.

“They are entirely different departments of human sentiment.”

He praised Sir Keir’s “sobriety, his maturity, his steadiness, his dependability” as “really useful and essential features of the political landscape” after “giddy years of political leadership”.

Lord Kinnock said the run-up to this election “doesn’t feel like either” 1992 or the Labour landslide in 1997.

“There are no two elections the same,” he said.

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Y Cymro
Y Cymro
16 days ago

Listening to that self hating hypocrite Neil Kinnock is like hearing white noise. A wall of vacuous sound. He has no shame. This is man who spent the 1970s opposing the European Union then boarded the EU gravy train with his entitled family. And let’s not forget his treacherous campaign to destroy devolution in 1979 promising riches but Wales received rags. And his derogatory comments while campaigning how Wales had no history and was ruled by princes ,thieves & vagabonds. His actions facilitated 18 years of Tory rule that devastated Welsh communities that have never recovered due to this self… Read more »

Last edited 16 days ago by Y Cymro
Morfudd ap Haul
Morfudd ap Haul
15 days ago
Reply to  Y Cymro

He did not secure Tory rule on his own Jezza helped him quite a bit.

11 days ago
Reply to  Y Cymro

Not forgetting the Barons “boy” gifted the safest seat in The Commons, no experience necessary a job for life if he wants it. Port Talbot is certainly going places now.

Linda Jones
Linda Jones
15 days ago

Kinnock amassed a personal fortune while representing Welsh constituencies in both Westminster and Europe’ My question to him would be ‘…what tangible benefits did your constituents gain from you representing them? Were they hugely better off at the end of your tenure compared to at the beginning? Examples please’.

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