Gloating Keir Starmer slashes Truss in speech to union barons as he brags Labor will regulate ‘wealth distribution’ in Britain
- Keir Starmer turned the knife on Liz Truss in a speech to TUC in Brighton
- Labor leader demanded immediate general election amid Tory unrest
- Bragged that Labor will regulate the ‘distribution of wealth’, unlike the Conservatives
Keir Starmer turned the knife on controversial Liz Truss today as he gave a speech to union barons.
At the TUC conference in Brighton, the Labor leader reiterated his demand for an immediate general election – with the Tories trailing by 36 points in the polls.
He accused the government of “pathetic quarrels” and insisted the political choice was “hard”.
And in a clear signal of intent to unions, Sir Keir identified ‘the distribution of wealth’ as a dividing line with the Prime Minister.
“The Prime Minister is completely out of touch with the reality of the British economy,” said Sir Keir.
“She doesn’t care about the distribution of wealth in Britain, she didn’t oppose it.”
At the TUC conference in Brighton, the Labor leader reiterated his demand for an immediate general election – with the Tories trailing by 36 points in the polls
Liz Truss (pictured) is today embroiled in an increasingly desperate struggle for survival after a 24-hour carnage that saw the Home Secretary quit, confusion over whether the Chief Whip had followed her out the door, and MPs struggling in the voting lobbies of the House of Commons
He continued: ‘Congress, forget the lines in a graph. If you leave so many people behind, a nation will not grow fairly.
You can’t do it with low wages, you can’t do it with precarious jobs and bad work, and you can’t do it without a modern industrial strategy.
“This is not a debate. The proof is in.’
Sir Keir said: ‘Britain deserves better, Britain can no longer afford the Conservative chaos, we need a general election now…
Never again can Britain take seriously their claim to be a party of ambition or sound money.
‘Last night in Parliament, even by their standards, another chaotic low.’
Mrs Truss is today embroiled in an increasingly desperate struggle for survival after a 24-hour carnage that saw the Home Secretary quit, confusion over whether the Chief Whip had followed her out the door, and MPs struggling in the House of Commons voting lobbies .
The prime minister has been warned she has only 12 hours to save herself, and a string of previously loyal MPs have joined her in leaving. Even supportive cabinet ministers had admitted that the situation is ‘terminal’.
Transport Minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan was sent out this morning to support the Prime Minister, but would only say she believes “at the moment” that Ms Truss will lead the Tories to the next election.
The growing rumor came when the 1922 commission chief, Graham Brady, was expected to meet with other officers to consider Mrs. Truss’s future.
Yet another bout of madness in Westminster yesterday culminated in tales of tears and tantrums in Parliament, with Ms Truss reportedly getting into a shouting match with her own enforcers.
Deputy Prime Minister Therese Coffey was accused of ‘abusing’ Tory MPs to vote against a Labor motion that could negate the government’s plans to resume fracking – something she denies.
The prime minister tried to force the issue by stating that it was a matter of trust, meaning that a defeat would have toppled the government. But at the end of the debate, a minister stated that it was in fact not a confidence vote – causing a stir among Chief Whip Wendy Morton and her deputy Craig Whittaker.
Other whips told MPs they had resigned, but after three hours of silence and frenetic squabbling behind the scenes, Downing Street announced they were still on the job. A statement at 1:33am then made it clear that it was a confidence vote and warned that some 30 MPs who abstained will be disciplined.
However, in another twist this morning, Ms Trevelyan said it had not been a confidence vote.