Uk News Sir Keir Starmer's successes and failures during a challenging first year at the helm United Kingdom news

PremierLeague-News.Com - The leader of the Labour Party has had a difficult year to contend with in his first 12 months in the job

Uk News Sir Keir Starmer's successes and failures during a challenging first year at the helm United Kingdom news

PremierLeague-News.Com - The leader of the Labour Party has had a difficult year to contend with in his first 12 months in the job

Uk News  Sir Keir Starmer's successes and failures during a challenging first year at the helm United Kingdom news
01 April 2021 - 15:31

PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! After a year holding the reins of the Labour Party, i looks at how Sir Keir Starmer has performed in several key areas.Tackling antisemitismPerhaps his greatest success since taking over the leadership of the party. Sir Keir has instituted a zero tolerance approach to the issue of antisemitism within his own ranks and the wider grassroots membership. No stronger signal of his intent could have been sent than his bold move to suspend his predecessor as Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn from the party, after he questioned the findings of an Equalities and Human Rights Commission report into the issue. Whether it will be enough to win back lost Jewish voters remains to be seen. Verdict: Making good progress.  The i politics newsletter cut through the noiseEmail address is invalidThank you for subscribing!Sorry, there was a problem with your subscription.Unifying the partyHaving swept to power with a commanding victory a year ago, Sir Keir had looked to be the unifying choice for the party after five years of division and rancour under Jeremy Corbyn. But despite a confident start, the age old Labour fissures have started to emerge with the now more vocal left wing of the party increasingly critical of the direction the new leader is taking the party. The Corbynite arm of Labour have begun to accuse him of being a “Red Tory”, and the influential grassroots movement Momentum recently demanding he pursue a more nakedly “socialist” agenda to win voters. Verdict: Must apply himself more to the issue. Cutting through to the publicTaking over as leader after the worst general election defeat since the 1930s and during a global pandemic has understandably hamstrung Sir Keir’s efforts to cut through to the public. The Covid crisis has provided the Prime Minister with, at times, a daily platform to bang the Government’s drum. Polling shows that a significant proportion of voters still have little to no opinion of him as leader of the opposition. While there is some sympathy around the difficulty to gain traction during a pandemic, there is a growing sense that he needs to do more to register in the public’s mind if he is to change the party’s fortunes.

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.    Team buildingOne of the other more positive aspects of his leadership is the lack of infighting among his top team, particularly compared with the Corbyn years. He felt forced to sack Rebecca Long-Bailey as Shadow Education Secretary early on as part of his drive to clean up antisemitism. But murmerings have begun over the quality of his frontbench. Rumours have emerged that he may be considering replacing his Shadow Chancellor Anneliese Dodds, who has struggled to make a mark, with Shadow Cabinet Office Minister Rachel Reeves, who has impressed in holding the Government to account. Shadow Home Secretary Nick Thomas-Symonds, while a safe pair of hands, has also struggled to land many punches on his opposite number.  Verdict: Needs work.  Policy directionDeveloping policies that are eye-catching this far out from a general election can be both pointless and reckless. If they are less than good then they will pass by unnoticed, but if they are too good then they risk being stolen by the Government. Trying to develop policy during a pandemic has made this doubly hard. Nevertheless, the lack of general policy direction under Sir Keir has left voters none the wiser as to what Labour now stands for. His first major speech setting out what he stood for tried to frame him as a Clement Attlee-type leader, ready to carry the country out of a national crisis. But according to polling and focus groups, the main criticism is he is too willing to “sit on the fence”, and that he needs to be clearer on what his and his party’s core beliefs are.Verdict: Progress still to be made. 

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