Starmer: Labor will ’empower working people’ once in government


• Keir Starmer has said Labor must move from a “party of protest” to a party that can win elections to help working people.

The labor leader said he supports people’s right to strike, pointing to his advocacy work as a lawyer representing striking miners.

“Not just sentiment and an image. I backed up my words with action,” he wrote in the Sunday Mirror.

Everywhere you look in Britain, you see the damage of 12 years of Tory government.

It came as Sir Kerr sought to fend off a row with unions and the left wing of his party over his decision to sack Sam Terry from the frontbench after he gave a broadcast interview from the picket line.

Sir Kerr, who has previously banned frontbenchers from joining strip line strikers, said he sacked Mr Terry as shadow transport minister after he appeared at media events without permission. booked and made a policy “on the hoof” in opposition to the “collective” of the party. responsibility”

But the move was met with fury from Labour’s left and trade unions, with Unite general secretary Sharon Graham saying she was “outraged” by Sir Kiir’s treatment of striking workers.

In his essay, Sir Kerr emphasized his immediate focus on getting his party into power, after which a Labor government would be able to deliver change for unions and working people.

He wrote: “I fully understand why people are striking for better pay and better conditions. I support their right to do so.

“When I was a lawyer, I represented striking miners for free. Not just sentiment and an anti-image. I backed up my words with action.

“I now lead a Labor Party that wants to change lives and give Britain the fresh start it needs.

“That means changing from a party of protest to a party that can take power – then hand that power over to working people. I make no apologies for that.”

Former shadow transport minister Sam Terry joins a picket line outside Paddington train station in London (Meghana Nano/PA) / PA Wire

The Labor leader also criticized the Conservatives’ record in government.

“Everywhere you look in Britain you see the damage of 12 years of Tory government,” he said.

“People are working harder but getting less in return”.

He attacked candidates seeking to replace Boris Johnson as Prime Minister, saying: “Those responsible should hang their heads in shame.

“And as Boris Johnson is a puppet, it includes Rishi Sink and Liz Truss. Just continuity candidates. Unable to deliver the desired change.

Sir Keir said Labor was with those left “angry and scared” by the prospect of skyrocketing energy bills.

If I were talking to someone right now, I would say to him: Which side are you on?

“Only Labor in power can deliver the changes that trade unions and working people want to see,” he wrote.

“It’s not just our agenda, or the trade unions’ agenda. It’s the whole country’s agenda.”

Ms Graham told the Mirror on Saturday: “If I was talking to Keir now I’d say to him: Which side are you on? Because the truth is if I close my eyes sometimes I wouldn’t know. That it was the Labor Party or the Tories who were speaking.

“This is one of the biggest crises workers are facing – we are trying to defend them with every fiber of our being and the party that is supposed to be in Parliament. It is doing the exact opposite.

“I’m very disappointed – shocked, quite frankly – and I think it’s something that Labor has to think about seriously.”

Mr Terry said he “absolutely” still thinks Sir Kiir is the best person to be prime minister.

Joining another picket line at London’s Paddington station on Saturday, he called for a “fundamental overhaul” of Labour’s relationship with the trade union movement and said it needed to show it was his side is