Sir Keir Starmer ‘angry’ at public’s stories of hardship – as he says he knows what it’s like to ‘struggle’ | Politics News

Sir Keir Starmer has expressed he feels “infuriated” and “emotional” at some of the accounts he is hearing on the campaign trail – because he too understands what it is like to “have difficulties”. The Labour leader stated it was “so disrespectful” for the prime minister to assert that “everything’s fine” when there are “individuals who are struggling” with the cost of living crisis.

He also tackled matters of trust concerning the commitments he made for the Labour leadership – many of which have been diluted or forsaken – saying he believed it was better to admit to voters: “I’m sorry, I can’t now afford what I stated before.” Sir Keir – who is making a deliberate effort to reveal his personal side during the general election campaign – told Beth Rigby, political editor, he felt empathy with those struggling financially, stating: “I do comprehend what it’s like to have difficulties, to witness people regressing in life through no fault of their own.” General election latest: Young Tory defects over ‘troubling’ national service proposal

The Labour leader communicated with Rigby shortly after delivering a speech in West Sussex that concentrated on security and criticized the Tories’ policy of national service for 18-year-olds as a “teenage Dad’s Army.” He also utilized the speech and subsequent question and answer session to adopt a more personal tone, reflecting on his late mother’s illness and bills his family couldn’t afford to pay.

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In his conversation with Rigby, he pointed to a couple he encountered on the campaign trail who had to “pause” their plans to relocate and have another child. “They’re about this sort of sense of moving forward in life. And suddenly that was halted and pushed back. I felt emotional. I felt infuriated.
“And I think that I wanted to convey that when Rishi Sunak says ‘everything’s fine, we’ve turned the corner’, that is so disrespectful for individuals who are struggling.”

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Sir Keir shared with Rigby how his own upbringing was dominated by his mother’s condition, Still’s disease, which causes painful joint swelling. He mentioned the “formative” years of his life were spent in “high dependency units with my mum, not knowing whether she was going to survive”.

“As a teenager I found that really challenging,” he stated. “I found it really, really hard and having to attend school the next day, trying to carry that inside me, that was really hard.” When asked why he had chosen to share more personal details with the public, he responded: “I wouldn’t normally put that out there. I think most families probably wouldn’t.” However, it did shape me and my mum’s determination that – despite everything that was thrown at her, she would get back up and walk – that’s formative for me.


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👉 Listen above then tap here to follow Politics at Jack and Sam‘s wherever you get your podcasts 👈 “But it was difficult when I was 13 and I was first told my mum might not survive the night. I’ll carry that. And you might think other people may assume that’s the easiest thing to go on national television and talk about.” For me, it wasn’t – it was really challenging.” Asked about his own sister’s comment that he was “good at most things” but not so much at “being open about emotions,” he responded: “I think she’s likely spot on.” Read more: Sunak‘s Number 10 is much better at keeping secrets than others National service: What’s the actual Tory plan? One of the main criticisms Sir Keir has faced is his decision to dilute or abandon some of the assurances he made to become Labour leader, including the one to abolish tuition fees. Pressed on whether he conceded that not “acknowledging” that he had broken some promises had led to “trust issues,” he expressed: “I think it’s more crucial to stand before the electorate and say, I’m sorry, I can’t now bear the cost of what I mentioned before due to the harm being inflicted on the economy.” I’m going to inform you ahead of the election what I don’t believe we can afford to do.”

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