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Welsh Labour gets single shout out in Keir Starmer speech

29 Sep 2021 3 minutes Read
Keir Starmer during his speech

The Labour Welsh Government received a single shout out in Keir Starmer’s speech to the Labour party conference today.

Despite Labour being in power in Wales for 20 years, the Welsh Government was only mentioned in a single sentence of the 7,000 word opus which lasted 90 minutes.

“Look at what our fantastic metro mayors, mayors and local authority leaders are doing and let’s hear it for the difference Mark Drakeford and his team are making in Wales,” he said towards the end of the speech.

A few minutes later, in support of retaining the Union, he quoted Gordon Brown who said: “When a Welsh or a Scottish woman gives blood…she doesn’t demand an assurance it must not go to an English patient.”

Scotland was mentioned at slightly more length, as Keir Starmer said that the nation “is in the unfortunate position of having two bad governments – the Tories at Westminster and the SNP at Holyrood”.

“When Nicola Sturgeon took office she said she wanted to be judged on her record,” he said. “These days, with the poorest in society less well-educated and less healthy and the tragedy of so many drug-related deaths we hear rather less about the SNP’s record.

“The SNP and the Tories walk in lock step. They both exploit the constitutional divide for their own ends.”

‘Tool’

England was also only mentioned once, despite the fact that many of the policies announced, such as on education and health, would only apply there.

Those included recruiting 8,500 more mental health professionals and ensuring every school has specialist support and communities have mental health hubs. He also said that Labour would launch the most ambitious school improvement plan, including ensuring children leave school with good qualifications and who are ready to work.

Keir Starmer faced hackles during the speech from some Jeremy Corbyn supporters but replied saying “shouting slogans or changing lives, conference?” to which he got cheers from the audience.

There were also jokes, such as when he quipped: “My dad was a tool maker, although in a way so was Boris Johnson’s.”

“It’s easy to comfort yourself that your opponents are bad people, but I don’t think Boris Johnson is a bad man, I think he is a trivial man,” he added.

“I think he’s a showman with nothing left to show, I think he’s a trickster who has performed his one trick.”

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Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
24 days ago

Llafur…

Dim problem
Dim problem
24 days ago

So he didn’t try and steal credit for Mark Drakeford’s work? And talked about a vision for the whole UK? Doesn’t seen like a big deal to me.

Wrexhamian
Wrexhamian
24 days ago
Reply to  Dim problem

I’d say that he did try to claim credit for any success Welsh Labour have had under Drakeford, and he was bound to do so even though he, Starmer, has no power or influence in Cymru. It would not be to his advantage to mention it more than once, since to do so would be to highlight what Wales can achieve with even limited autonomy. Much better, as a unionist, to lump it together with unnamed British mayors, metro mayors and local authority leaders. He couldn’t even bring himself to say “the Welsh Government”.

Geoff Horton-Jones
Geoff Horton-Jones
24 days ago

The people of Wales give blood to save other peoples blood end of

Keith Starmer should recognise that he needs the people of Wales more than they need him.

Mark Drakeford as our Prime Minister has performed well to date given the huge number of constraints placed on the people Wales by Westminster which is the political face of England

Independence is our only hope for the future

Welsh_Sion
Welsh_Sion
24 days ago

Westminster which is the political face of England

________

In read this initially as, ” … Westminster which is the political farce of England.”

Then again, I’m not that far wrong, am I? 😉

Leigh Richards
Leigh Richards
24 days ago

Liz Saville Roberts brilliant response to Keir Starmer’s newlabour revival act today :

“Keir Starmer’s message to Wales today: ‘Labour is the party of the Union’. Muscular unionism will prevail – whatever the colour of the Prime Minster’s rosette.
To the 51% of Welsh Labour supporters who believe in independence –
@Plaid_Cymru
welcomes you with open arms”

https://mobile.twitter.com/LSRPlaid/status/1443194800413495297

Grayham Jones
23 days ago

The Labour Party is a Disgrace to Wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 they have got to stop being little Englanders and be proud to be welsh kick all English party’s out of wales that’s the Tories Labour and all Brexit party’s it’s time for a new wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿

Grayham Jones
23 days ago

The older people in wales are letting wales down the English party’s don’t do eny thing for wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 they only stop us from getting more power for wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 older people in wales have got to start fighting for their children and grandchildren future it’s time for a new wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿

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