Sir Keir Starmer addresses Labour Party conference with ‘fresh start’ speech

?? Licensed to London News Pictures. 27/09/2022. Liverpool, UK. SIR KEIR STARMER enters the conference hall to deliver the Leader's speech. The 2022 Labour Party Conference , which is taking place at the ACC at Kings Dock in Liverpool . Photo credit: Joel Goodman/LNP

Sir Keir told members ‘ a cloud of anxiety hangs over working people’ (Picture: Joel Goodman / LNP)

Sir Keir Starmer opened his speech at the Labour Party conference by telling members it is a ‘fresh start’ under his leadership.

The Labour leader spoke at the annual conference in Liverpool after waking up to the news his party has taken its biggest poll lead over the Tories in over 20 years.

He was introduced by Southampton City Council leader Satvir Kaur, who said: ‘Never in a million years think I would be here speaking to you all here, about to introduce our next Prime Minister.

‘I wouldn’t be where I am today unless it was for the last Labour government.

‘They gave me and my family the opportunity to turn my dreams into reality.

‘Now conference it is down to us to create the next Labour government.

‘We have to fight every day for every vote between now and then to put Labour into power because Labour in power matters.’

She added: ‘From day one he knew what Labour had to do to win again, now he’s setting out what Britain needs to do to win again.

‘He has turned our hope into belief.’

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LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 27: Labour Party leader Keir Starmer holds for his key note speech on the third day of the annual Labour Party conference on September 27, 2022 in Liverpool, England The Labour Party hold their annual conference in Liverpool this year. Issues on the agenda are the cost of living crisis, including a call for a reinforced windfall tax, proportional representation and action on the climate crisis. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

He said to voters ‘Slava Ukraini’ to a huge round of applause and spoke to members about changes he is set to make at the NHS (Picture: Getty)

Attendees listen to British Labour Party leader Keir Starmer speak during the Britain's Labour Party annual conference in Liverpool, Britain, September 27, 2022. REUTERS/Phil Noble

Angela Rayner and David Lammy watched on (Picture: REUTERS)

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 27: Labour delegates listen as party leader Keir Starmer holds his key note speech on the third day of the annual Labour Party conference on September 27, 2022 in Liverpool, England The Labour Party hold their annual conference in Liverpool this year. Issues on the agenda are the cost of living crisis, including a call for a reinforced windfall tax, proportional representation and action on the climate crisis. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

John Ashworth and Ed Milliband were among the MPS watching from the audience (Picture: Getty)

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 27: Labour delegates applaud as party leader Keir Starmer prepares to hold his key note speech on the third day of the annual Labour Party conference on September 27, 2022 in Liverpool, England The Labour Party hold their annual conference in Liverpool this year. Issues on the agenda are the cost of living crisis, including a call for a reinforced windfall tax, proportional representation and action on the climate crisis. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

Wes Streeting clapped and was among the crowd who applauded the Labour leader (Picture: Getty)

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 27: Labour Party leader Keir Starmer arrives for his key note speech on the third day of the annual Labour Party conference on September 27, 2022 in Liverpool, England The Labour Party hold their annual conference in Liverpool this year. Issues on the agenda are the cost of living crisis, including a call for a reinforced windfall tax, proportional representation and action on the climate crisis. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

Sir Keir stepped out and told voters ‘don’t forgive, don’t forget’ (Picture: Getty)

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 27: Labour Party leader Keir Starmer holds for his key note speech on the third day of the annual Labour Party conference on September 27, 2022 in Liverpool, England The Labour Party hold their annual conference in Liverpool this year. Issues on the agenda are the cost of living crisis, including a call for a reinforced windfall tax, proportional representation and action on the climate crisis. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

He told delegates ‘we must stand with working people’ (Picture: Getty)

Party leader Sir Keir Starmer making his keynote address during the Labour Party Conference at the ACC Liverpool. Picture date: Tuesday September 27, 2022. PA Photo. See PA story POLITICS Labour. Photo credit should read: Peter Byrne/PA Wire

He made his keynote address in front of hundreds of Labour members (Picture: PA)

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 27: Labour Party leader Keir Starmer holds for his key note speech on the third day of the annual Labour Party conference on September 27, 2022 in Liverpool, England The Labour Party hold their annual conference in Liverpool this year. Issues on the agenda are the cost of living crisis, including a call for a reinforced windfall tax, proportional representation and action on the climate crisis. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

He called for Justice for the 97 – referring to the victims of the Hillsborough disaster – as he opened his speech in Liverpool (Picture: Getty)

British Labour Party leader Keir Starmer attends the Britain's Labour Party annual conference in Liverpool, Britain, September 27, 2022. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls

Sir Keir channelled former Prime Minister Sir Tony Blair in his speech (Picture: Reuters)


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Sir Keir stepped out onto the stage and started with a quip about his north London football club Arsenal being top of the Premier League.

He also spoke about getting justice for the people of Liverpool.

He said: ‘Justice for the 96 became justice for the 97. For too long this city has been left out, so when Labour wins the next election one of my first acts will be to put the Hillsborough Law on the statute book.

‘I promise you we will get this city the justice it deserves.’

‘We’ve seen two sides of Britain on one side a nation united by a profound purpose.’

‘Even in death our Queen found a unique way to capture the British spirit.’

‘A Britain all at sea, where a cloud of anxiety hangs over working people.

‘We will build a new Britain together.’

‘Don’t forget don’t forgive, the only way to stop this is with a Labour government.’

He told delegates: ‘My government will be different. We will run towards the challenges of tomorrow.

‘We will get us out of this endless cycle of crisis. And we will do it with a fresh start, a new set of priorities and a new way of governing.

‘But it won’t be easy. And the first step must be to tackle the cost-of-living crisis.’

‘We will get us out of this endless cycle of crisis. And we will do it with a fresh start, a new set of priorities and a new way of governing.

He added: ‘The Prime Minister has finally accepted there’s no alternative to Labour’s plan to freeze energy prices.

‘When she was arguing against ‘handouts’, Labour provided the clarity our nation needed. We said: ‘this winter, not a penny more on anyone’s bills’.

Sir Keir said an ‘unwritten contract’ with the British people has been broken by the Conservatives as families worry about whether their children will have a better future.

He said: ‘After 12 long years our spirit is ground down. When I talk to working people now, they tell me they work harder and harder just to stand still.

‘That their graft can’t provide their family with a sense of security, that they’re worried their kids won’t have a better life than them.

‘Conference, what does it say about Britain when families worry like this about their children’s future?

‘It says an unwritten contract is broken. A contract where in return for hard work, you get on.

‘Where your contribution is always respected and which reaches through the generations to say Britain will be better for your children.

‘That’s the deep cost of Tory failure. They keep talking about aspiration but they don’t understand how they’ve choked it off for working people.’

In his keynote speech at the Labour conference in Liverpool, he told activists that Liz Truss’s Government had crashed the economy to offer tax cuts for the richest 1% in society.

Labour Poll Lead 27/09/22 YouGov Data Metro Graphic

It comes after Labour took a huge lead in the latest polls over the Conservatives (Picture: Metro.co.uk)

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Labour were nearly 20% ahead in the latest YouGov poll (Picture: YouGov / Metro.co.uk)

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 27: Labour delegates wait for party leader Keir Starmer to hold his key note speech on the third day of the annual Labour Party conference on September 27, 2022 in Liverpool, England The Labour Party hold their annual conference in Liverpool this year. Issues on the agenda are the cost of living crisis, including a call for a reinforced windfall tax, proportional representation and action on the climate crisis. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

Labour members clapped and applauded the Labour leader’s speech (Picture: Getty)

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 27: Victoria Starmer (C) applauds as her husband and party leader Keir Starmer holds his key note speech on the third day of the annual Labour Party conference on September 27, 2022 in Liverpool, England The Labour Party hold their annual conference in Liverpool this year. Issues on the agenda are the cost of living crisis, including a call for a reinforced windfall tax, proportional representation and action on the climate crisis. (Photo by Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

Sir Keir’s wife Victoria clapped in the crowd as she watched on (Picture: Getty)

He said they had left a ‘Britain all at sea, where a cloud of anxiety hangs over working people’.

The Labour leader said: ‘At moments of uncertainty like this we must provide clear leadership.

‘We must stand with working people. Meet their ambitions for real change. Walk towards a better future and build a new Britain, together.’

He said ‘we can’t go on like this’ after the developments since Friday’s financial statement by the Chancellor.

‘The Government has lost control of the British economy – and for what? They’ve crashed the pound – and for what?

‘Higher interest rates. Higher inflation. Higher borrowing. And for what?

‘Not for you. Not for working people. For tax cuts for the richest 1% in our society.

‘Don’t forget. Don’t forgive.’

He said the Tories ‘haven’t just failed to fix the roof, they’ve ripped out the foundations, smashed through the windows and now they’ve blown the doors off for good measure’.

He promised a Labour government would ‘get us out of this endless cycle of crisis’ with a ‘fresh start, a new set of priorities and a new way of governing’.

Sir Keir Starmer said it must be ‘country first, party second’ for Labour members.
He was applauded after saying the party had had to ‘rip antisemitism out by its roots’.

Sir Keir said he knew he had to deliver ‘change with a purpose’ when he became party leader, adding: ‘To make our Labour Party fit to serve our country.

‘That’s why we had to rip antisemitism out by its roots, why we had to show our support for Nato is non-negotiable, show we want business to prosper, shed unworkable policies.

‘Country first, party second.’

‘Get Britain’s hope, its confidence and its future back.’

He said he wanted people to be ‘starting to raise their sights’ and ‘believe in Britain again’ under a Labour government.

He said people are ‘crying out for change’ and ‘looking for decisive leadership’, adding: ‘They need to know we can be a reforming government with clear answers to the big challenges they face.

‘That we can grow the economy and raise living standards for everyone, not just a privileged few.

‘Tackle climate change by creating new jobs, new industries, new opportunities, redesign our public services to unleash opportunity and provide security, restore faith in politics as a force for good.

‘Get Britain’s hope, its confidence and its future back.’

He said he hoped the first term of a Labour government would have ‘defeated the cost-of-living crisis’ and lifted the ‘clouds of anxiety’, adding: ‘And people are starting to raise their sights, believe in Britain again, Britain is fairer, people feel they can get on.’

Sir Keir quoted predecessor Sir Tony Blair, who once described Labour as the ‘political wing of the British people’.

Sir Tony was the last Labour leader to win a majority at a general election.

Party leader Sir Keir Starmer arriving with his wife Victoria to deliver his keynote speech at the Labour Party Conference at the ACC Liverpool. Picture date: Tuesday September 27, 2022. PA Photo. See PA story POLITICS Labour. Photo credit should read: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Party leader Sir Keir Starmer arrived with his wife Victoria to deliver his keynote speech at the conference in Liverpool (Credits: PA)

Party leader Sir Keir Starmer arrived with his wife Victoria to deliver his keynote speech at the conference in Liverpool (Credits: PA)

Sir Keir is set to tell members it is a ‘fresh start’ for the Labour Party (Picture: PA)

Party leader Sir Keir Starmer arrived with his wife Victoria to deliver his keynote speech at the conference in Liverpool (Credits: PA)

Sir Keir lead tributes to the Queen at the conference earlier this week (Picture: Reuters)

In his speech, Sir Keir will say: ‘What we’ve seen from the government in the past few days has no precedent.

‘They’ve lost control of the British economy – and for what? For tax cuts for the richest 1% in our society.’

It comes after a new YouGov survey puts Labour 17 points ahead of the Tories – its largest lead since YouGov started polling in 2001.

Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper and shadow foreign secretary David Lammy will also give their speeches today.

Labour’s conference has been overshadowed by economic turmoil, as the markets reacted to Conservative Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng’s plan to borrow billions to fund tax cuts.

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