Keir Starmer says Sunak’s claim UK has ‘turned the corner’ is ‘form of disrespect’ – UK politics live | Politics

Starmer remarks that Sunak’s assertion UK has ‘turned the corner’ is ‘form of disrespect’ given that it contradicts the public sentiment.Starmer expresses his frustration over hearing Rishi Sunak claim the UK has “turned the corner.”He comments that this is “a form of disrespect in itself.”Taxes are at a peak not seen since post-World War II, he states. Furthermore, he asserts Sunak’s pledge to eliminate national insurance indicates he is inclined to repeat the errors made by Liz Truss once more.ShareUpdated at 10.42 BSTKey eventsStarmer declines to promise abolishing photo ID voting regulationsQ: Will you abolish the vote ID rules introduced by the government?Starmer indicates there are no “great plans” in this area. He adds that he believes the policy is under review. However, his priorities are the economy and the NHS, he states.ShareQ: Do you comprehend the concerns of individuals who send their children to private schools regarding your plans to impose VAT on school fees?Starmer affirms he understands why people opt for private schools for their children and respects their choice. Nonetheless, he emphasizes the necessity to prioritize. He aims to place 6,500 additional teachers in state schools. The VAT revenue will facilitate that, he mentions. He intends to enhance the quality of all schools for every student.ShareQ: Are the 15 EU nations contemplating a Rwanda-type scheme incorrect?Starmer clarifies they are not proposing the Rwanda scheme (which involves deporting individuals coming to the UK to seek asylum).He points out they are considering offshoring asylum applications (transferring applications to a third nation while their requests are reviewed). That is distinct, he says. He mentions he is not opposed to that in principle.ShareUpdated at 10.50 BSTStarmer rules out granting voting rights to EU citizens in general electionsQ: [From the Sun] What is your response to those who claim that granting voting rights to 16 and 17-year-olds is just the thin end of the wedge? Can you rule out giving voting rights to EU citizens?Yes, says Starmer.However, he has long believed that individuals capable of working and paying taxes at 16 should be permitted to vote at that age.In 2020, Starmer proposed granting EU citizens the right to vote in general elections.ShareUpdated at 10.47 BSTQ: Can you secure a victory in East Worthing and Shoreham for the first time since 1997?Yes, says Starmer.This elicits a significant round of applause from Labour supporters in the audience.He expresses his commitment to making progress in the southeast of London. Drawing from his background, he understands the desires of people in Sussex, he mentions.Share’Stop’ – Starmer says that would be his message to Israel PM regarding Rafah offensive after refugee camp bombingQ: If you were PM, what would be your message to Benjamin Netanyahu following the attack on the refugee camp in Gaza?Starmer responds: “Stop.”He continues:
Those reports are horrifying. Furthermore, the tragedy is compounded by the fact that this was supposed to be a safe space for women, children, and families who had already sought refuge numerous times. It’s horrifying to witness.
I’ve been advocating against the Rafah offensive for quite some time, and what occurred there were the predictable consequences of such an offensive.
ShareUpdated at 10.43 BSTQ: Some form of national service is quite popular with voters. As the father of a teenage son, how do you think he and his peers would perceive this?Starmer insists the UK requires robust defenses. But he characterizes this policy as desperate and poorly conceived.His priority, he states, would be addressing the country’s disparities and the NHS.Share’Just so desperate’ – Starmer dismisses Tory claims he is finding the campaign exhaustingSunak is now fielding questions.Q: [From Anushka Asthana] The Tories suggest you are getting weary. What is your interpretation of their insinuation, and how would you respond?Sunak says the Tories are “just so desperate.”He states he has a plan he is adhering to. Perhaps the Tories find this hard to comprehend because they fail to stick to their plans, he suggests.The question referred to briefing from CCHQ over the weekend. Stefan Boscia has a comprehensive summary in his London Playbook briefing. He says:
Snoozin’ Starmer: The Tories are evidently attempting to make Starmer’s age a focal point early in the campaign (he’s 61), with aides repetitively referring to him as “weary” on Sunday afternoon. CCHQ is doubling down on this message today, with a statement from Tory Party Chair Richard Holden remarking it was “bizarre that Sir Keir Starmer … spent the day at home resting ahead of a speech that lacks substance.” One Conservative aide went further by telling the Sun’s Harry Cole that Starmer should be dubbed “Sir Sleepy,” while another refers to him as “Sleepy Keir” in a story by the FT’s George Parker.
Trump playbook: The new nicknames are (obviously) inspired by Donald Trump’s childish moniker for Joe Biden, “Sleepy Joe,” and an attempt to contrast Starmer’s composed managerialism with the 44-year-old Sunak’s well-known high-energy approach. In reality, the Labour leader is a full 20 years younger than President Biden, and it is plainly a stretch to portray him as an old man yearning for slippers and a cozy fire over the campaign trail, but hey — this is modern politics. Labour dismiss the claims as displays of “desperation” and highlight that Starmer was out campaigning the very day the election was announced.
ShareStarmer explains he has faced criticism for the changes he has implemented. (He is referring primarily to his decision to abandon some left-wing policies he advocated for while running for Labour leader.)He mentions, in making these decisions, he always placed the nation’s interests first.And he contrasts this with Rishi Sunak’s approach. Sunak habitually yields when facing party factions.Starmer concludes by saying, just as he reformed the Labour party, he can transform the country.ShareStarmer says Tory plan for ‘teenage Dad’s Army’ is a sign of desperationStarmer now ridicules Sunak over his electoral strategy.He claims there has been a new plan every week, a new strategy every month, and a new election campaign each day.And he characterizes the national service scheme, for a “teenage Dad’s Army,” as a signal of desperation.He is especially critical of the plan to finance it “by canceling addressing inequalities and using funds from tax avoidance that we would allocate to our NHS.”Share

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