Another blow for Sir Keir Starmer, as 60% of Labor Party members believe that despite his wish to deviate from Brexit, he should campaign for a re-entry into the EU
- The YouGov poll found that 59 percent believe Labor should campaign for a re-entry into the EU
- Sir Keir enraged pro-Brexit colleagues by calling for a second referendum
- The poll comes as the Labor leader celebrates his first anniversary in charge of the party
Almost 60 percent of the members of the Labor Party believe that Sir Keir Starmer should campaign for accession to the European Union.
The Labor leader has expressed his desire to deviate from Brexit and evidence of the fierce Remainer sentiment will be a blow if he celebrates his first responsible anniversary today.
The YouGov poll found that 59 percent of respondents felt they should campaign to join the EU, compared to just 15 percent who shouldn’t.
Critics are likely to use the results as evidence of an ongoing “divide” between EU-pro-EU party membership – which is largely based in the Southeast – and traditional Labor voters in key northern seats.
The majority of the Labor Party polled believe that Sir Keir Starmer should advocate re-entry into the EU
Labor “must be ready for the 2023 elections”
The Labor Party must be ready to fight parliamentary elections in just two years, Sir Keir Starmer warned today as he pledged bold measures to “get Britain back on its feet”.
Sir Keir, who will celebrate the first anniversary of his election as party leader on Sunday, said Labour’s ambition must “match the moment” with a plan to build an “economy that works for all”.
His call for a rally is against the background of increasing criticism of his leadership, as the conservatives have made steady progress in the polls since the turn of the year.
He has been accused of being too cautious and failing to give the party a clear direction, while the Tories’ fortunes have benefited from the swift introduction of the coronavirus vaccine.
Sir Keir wrote in The Observer and appeared to acknowledge some of the criticism directed against him. He stated, “For me, this is personal.”
Under the Temporary Parliaments Act, the next general election isn’t due until May 2014, but Boris Johnson has pledged to repeal the legislation and Sir Keir predicts the Prime Minister will likely vote well in advance.
“I have instructed the party to be ready to fight one as early as 2023,” he said.
Sir Keir, once an ore remainer, enraged pro-Brexit colleagues by calling for a second referendum before the UK officially left the EU last year.
The move was partially blamed for Labour’s disastrous 2019 election performance, when traditional voters left the party and stormed the Tories to victory by breaking through Labour’s so-called Red Wall in the north.
Since taking office, the Holborn and St Pancras constituency MP has tried to neutralize the problem by accepting Britain’s position outside the EU.
However, the poll shows that his policy change runs counter to the views of most party members.
Today’s election of Sir Keir a year ago was greeted with relief by MPs as he vowed to address long-standing allegations of infighting and anti-Semitism under Jeremy Corbyn.
But sources said last night that former Labor Prime Minister Tony Blair is slowly losing patience as the party falls behind in the polls.
Critics also criticize Sir Keir’s mistake in labeling Boris Johnson as incompetent simply because the overwhelming success of the Covid Jab program trumped it.
A source in the Shadow Cabinet said unease in Labor was growing, adding: “There is a void about what we stand for. You just can’t be the other. ‘
There are also allegations of tension between Sir Keir and his deputy Angela Rayner and Shadow Foreign Secretary Lisa Nandy.
According to reports, Ms. Rayner’s camp yesterday felt that she was too often seen “blindly” by the Führer when making important decisions.
Sir Keir’s allies are said to have blamed people close to Ms. Nandy for briefings against shadow chancellor Anneliese Dodds, who was dumped in a Labor reshuffle.
Sources say former Labor Prime Minister Tony Blair is slowly losing patience as the party falls behind in the polls
Sunday’s mail was told that there are even plans for the party’s right and left factions to bury their differences and replace Sir Keir if Labour’s decline continues.
A senior MP said one option being discussed is for a “compromise candidate” like former minister Yvette Cooper with left winger Richard Burgon as deputy.
But Starmer loyalists dismissed the idea as absurd, while even a critic of the Führer said there was simply no alternative to him leading the “ungovernable” Labor Party.
However, a separate YouGov poll last week found that 45 percent of the public thought Sir Keir was bad, compared to 32 percent who thought he was okay.