Keir Starmer ‘ditched into dustbin of history’ predicts expert
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Speaking to LBC’s Tom Swarbrick on Sunday, Unite The Union boss Len McCluskey launched a scathing undressing of Keir Starmer as Labour leader. He labelled Mr Starmer as “disingenuous” as he added that his personal relationship with Sir Keir has collapsed as he took over the leadership of the party. Mr McCluskey went on to say Keir Starmer is turning Labour into a party of “the establshment” and will not win an overall majority but scrape a hung Parliament if he campaigns on a “radical platform”.
Addressing the current leadership, the union boss said: “The fact of the matter is my personal relationship with Kier has broken down after what he did on the Jeremy Corbyn situation.
“He knows that there was an agreement arrived at, he’s been disingenuous, his senior staff who are saying that ‘no there was no agreement’, are liars.”
Despite his remarks, Mr McCluskey insisted his union Unite “still want Keir to be the next prime minister.”
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Mr McCluskey went on to say that Mr Starmer will not win a majority at the next election but instead a hung parliament only if the Labour leader argues on “the radical platform” that he was elected on in order to win back the ‘Red Wall’ seats lost to the Conservative party at the 2019 election.
Asked by LBC presenter Tom Swarbrick whether he thought Starmer was “a socialist at heart”, Mr McCluskey demanded evidence and took aim at the direction of the party.
The union boss said if Mr Starmer “is a socialist at heart I need to see more of its heart” he added that the direction the party was travelling “is to turn Labour into a party of the establishment.”
Mr McCluskey concluded that this current direction will result in Starmer being “ditched into the dustbin of history.”
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At the last general election in 2019 Labour experienced their worst election defeat since 1935.
The party lost large swathes of former Labour heartland ‘red wall’ seats including Blyth Valley.
The Northumberland and former mining constituency overturned an 8,000 Labour majority to elect a Conservative MP.
Former mental healthcare assistant Ian Lavery was selected as member of parliament for Blyth Valley.
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The Labour leader’s net favorability has plummeted three points from February to as low as minus seven percent. In contrast, Prime Minister Mr Johnson has seen his favourability rating rise by three points from last month to plus three percent.
A poll from Savanta ComRes, which interviewed 2,092 UK adults aged 18+ online from March 12-14, found 27 percent of respondents saying they dislike both Sir Keri and his policies – five points higher than the first results of the Political Tracker last May.
Over a quarter (27 percent) said they disliked both the Labour Party and its leader, which was level with the rating from February but an increase of four points since the tracking began last May.
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