Boris Johnson news – live: Starmer to dismiss PM as ‘branch of entertainment industry’ as Labour leads polls

Tony Blair ‘deserves the honour’ of knighthood, says Keir Starmer

Keir Starmer will attack Boris Johnson as a “branch of the entertainment industry” in his first large speech of 2022, while setting out a vision of “security, prosperity and respect” for the UK.

The Labour leader’s address in Birmingham at 11am on Tuesday comes as his party leads the Conservatives in the polls, following the sleaze scandals that gripped the government at the end of last year.

Mr Starmer is expected to say that the Tories are “unworthy” of the public’s trust, given its “incompetence” in dealing with issues such as the cost of living crisis.

“I am well aware that just because the Tories lose the public’s trust, it doesn’t mean Labour simply inherits it. Trust has to be earned. I am confident but not complacent about the task ahead,” he will add.

Ahead of the speech, Oliver Dowden, the Conservative party chairman, dismissed Mr Starmer’s anticipated remarks as “out of touch”.

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Starmer defends Blair knighthood

Keir Starmer has insisted that Tony Blair deserves to be knighted for his services to the country, as a petition calling the former prime minister to be stripped of the honour gained more than 500,000 signatures.

Speaking about the knighthood on Tuesday, the opposition leader told ITV’s Good Morning Britain: “I don’t think it’s thorny at all – I think he deserves the honour. Obviously I respect the fact that people have different views.”

While acknowledging that people have strong views about the invasion of Iraq, Mr Starmer maintained that Mr Blair’s policies had “vastly improved our country”.

My colleague Adam Forrest reports:

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Labour promises better country through ‘security, prosperity and respect’

A “serious” Keir Starmer will lay out Labour’s vision of “security, prosperity and respect” for the country in a speech in Birmingham later this morning.

The Labour leader is also set to take aim at the prime minister, saying: “I don’t think politics is a branch of the entertainment industry. I think it’s the serious business of getting things done.”

Our deputy political editor Rob Merrick has more details:

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Welcome

Good morning, and welcome to The Independent’s live politics coverage, which will focus on Keir Starmer’s speech in Birmingham today.

Rory Sullivan4 January 2022 09:03


Douglas Mateo

Douglas holds a position as a content writer at Neptune Pine. His academic qualifications in journalism and home science have offered her a wide base from which to line various topics. He has a proficiency in scripting articles related to the Health industry, including new findings, disease-related, or epidemic-related news. Apart from this, Douglas writes an independent blog and assists people in living healthy life.

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Boris Johnson news – live: Starmer to dismiss PM as ‘branch of entertainment industry’ as Labour leads polls

Tony Blair ‘deserves the honour’ of knighthood, says Keir Starmer

Keir Starmer will attack Boris Johnson as a “branch of the entertainment industry” in his first large speech of 2022, while setting out a vision of “security, prosperity and respect” for the UK.

The Labour leader’s address in Birmingham at 11am on Tuesday comes as his party leads the Conservatives in the polls, following the sleaze scandals that gripped the government at the end of last year.

Mr Starmer is expected to say that the Tories are “unworthy” of the public’s trust, given its “incompetence” in dealing with issues such as the cost of living crisis.

“I am well aware that just because the Tories lose the public’s trust, it doesn’t mean Labour simply inherits it. Trust has to be earned. I am confident but not complacent about the task ahead,” he will add.

Ahead of the speech, Oliver Dowden, the Conservative party chairman, dismissed Mr Starmer’s anticipated remarks as “out of touch”.

1641287818

Starmer defends Blair knighthood

Keir Starmer has insisted that Tony Blair deserves to be knighted for his services to the country, as a petition calling the former prime minister to be stripped of the honour gained more than 500,000 signatures.

Speaking about the knighthood on Tuesday, the opposition leader told ITV’s Good Morning Britain: “I don’t think it’s thorny at all – I think he deserves the honour. Obviously I respect the fact that people have different views.”

While acknowledging that people have strong views about the invasion of Iraq, Mr Starmer maintained that Mr Blair’s policies had “vastly improved our country”.

My colleague Adam Forrest reports:

Rory Sullivan4 January 2022 09:16
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Labour promises better country through ‘security, prosperity and respect’

A “serious” Keir Starmer will lay out Labour’s vision of “security, prosperity and respect” for the country in a speech in Birmingham later this morning.

The Labour leader is also set to take aim at the prime minister, saying: “I don’t think politics is a branch of the entertainment industry. I think it’s the serious business of getting things done.”

Our deputy political editor Rob Merrick has more details:

Rory Sullivan4 January 2022 09:06
1641287005

Welcome

Good morning, and welcome to The Independent’s live politics coverage, which will focus on Keir Starmer’s speech in Birmingham today.

Rory Sullivan4 January 2022 09:03


Douglas Mateo

Douglas holds a position as a content writer at Neptune Pine. His academic qualifications in journalism and home science have offered her a wide base from which to line various topics. He has a proficiency in scripting articles related to the Health industry, including new findings, disease-related, or epidemic-related news. Apart from this, Douglas writes an independent blog and assists people in living healthy life.

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