Keir Starmer today spelt out his vision for Britain to be the “best place to grow up in and the best place to grow old in,” as he vows that Labour will be the party of opportunity, family and security.
He told his party “it’s time to get serious about winning” and ask voters to “take another look at Labour.”
Speaking in Doncaster for his first keynote speech since being elected Labour Leader, Keir Starmer put family and values at the centrepiece of his ambitions for the United Kingdom and a future Labour government he leads.
He also responded to the latest rise in coronavirus cases.
Keir Starmer, who spoke personally about his own background and the opportunities the country has given, said:
“My vision for Britain is simple: I want this to be the best country to grow up in and the best country to grow old in. A country in which we put family first.
“A country that embodies the values I hold dear. Decency, fairness, opportunity, compassion and security. Security for our nation, our families and all of our communities.”
“I can see in my mind’s eye the country I want us to be. Properly funded universal public services. World-class education which unleashes everyone’s potential.
“A huge investment in skills and a plan, working hand-in-hand with businesses and trade unions, to create high-quality jobs.
“An economy that doesn’t force people to move hundreds of miles from family and friends just to find a decent job. One that truly works for all regions and nations of this United Kingdom, with opportunity and security in every part of the country and at every stage of our lives.
“A country committed to a greener, cleaner and fairer society. Where every policy is judged not just by how much it costs today but by what it does for the planet tomorrow.
“A country which would be an active force for good in the world once again admired and respected leading the world – and leading by example – in tackling the climate emergency.”
Keir Starmer described ending the education gap as a “national mission” and urged the Government to commit to closing it as part of the levelling up agenda.
“I’m calling on the Prime Minister to make this his priority. Bring forward a national strategy to close the education gap.
“Enforce it through an independent body, such as the Children’s Commissioner, and make sure no family loses out because of the exam’s fiasco or delays in getting children into school.”
In a direct message to people who have switched their vote to the Conservatives in recent elections, Starmer said:
“Trust takes time. It starts with being a credible Opposition. With taking the job seriously. That’s what we will do.
“So, to those people in Doncaster and Deeside, in Glasgow and Grimsby, in Stoke and in Stevenage to those who have turned away from Labour, I say this: we hear you.
“I ask you: take another look at Labour. We’re under new leadership. We love this country as you do.
“This is the country I grew up in and it’s the country I will grow old in. And I want it to be the country I know it can be. That, in the end, is why I do this. To change lives for the better.”