Wednesday 10 March 2021 / 10:30 PM Keir Starmer

Keir Starmer launches Labour’s 2021 national election campaign

Keir Starmer launches national election campaign declaring: a vote for Labour is a vote to support our NHS

Keir Starmer today launch Labour’s national election campaign declaring that ‘a vote for Labour is a vote to support our nurses’.

In a speech tomorrow morning, the Labour leader will say that a vote for Labour in this year’s national elections is a vote ‘to support our nurses, to rebuild social care and to reward our key workers’.

Starmer will say that the choice at May’s elections is between a Labour Party that will build a stronger, more secure and prosperous recovery for Britain out of the pandemic, or a Conservative Party that is cutting nurses’ pay, cutting spending on the NHS and raising taxes on families.

Starmer will criticise the Conservatives for having ‘spent a decade weakening the foundations of our country and only offering the country more of the same.’ And he will accuse the Scottish National Party of being ‘too busy fighting among themselves to fight for the Scottish people.’

Labour’s launch will include speeches from Tracy Brabin, Anas Sarwar, Simon Henig, Angela Rayner, Sadiq Khan and Mark Drakeford.

The Labour leader, Keir Starmer, will say:

“Since Angela and I were elected eleven months ago, Labour’s changed. We’re reconnecting with the British people – in every region and nation of the United Kingdom and we’re working hard to rebuild trust.

“There’s a long way to go but I’m incredibly proud of what we’ve achieved. Whether that’s rooting out the anti-Semitism that had poisoned this party or rebuilding our relationship with British business.

“This is a different Labour Party, under new leadership and we’re making a different offer to the British people.”

He will add:

“Under my leadership, and with our great local candidates across the country, Labour offers a very different route to recovery. Labour’s changing. Our priorities are your priorities: securing the economy, protecting the NHS, rebuilding Britain.

“So, if you want to support our nurses. To rebuild social care. And to reward our key workers, then vote Labour. My mum was a nurse, my sister was a nurse, my wife works for the NHS.

“I know how tough this year has been for our NHS and I know that now, more than ever, is the time to give our key workers a proper pay rise.

“Every vote in this election is a chance to show the Conservatives that the British people value our NHS and our key workers so much more than this government does.”

On the Conservatives he will say:

“These elections are about how Britain recovers. How our communities and public services are run and how we reward our frontline workers.

“There’s a simple choice ahead of us: to change; or to go back to more of the same. One thing we know about the Conservatives: don’t listen to what they say, watch what they do.

“A pay cut for our nurses – and tax rises for millions of families. Nothing for social care. No plan to cut NHS waiting lists. And no idea how to tackle the single biggest threat Britain faces: the climate emergency.

“Their masks are slipping and we’re starting to see the real face of this Conservative Party. Out of touch and out of ideas.

“A party that gives a 40 per cent pay rise to Dominic Cummings, but a pay cut for our nurses. A party that gives billions to Serco, but nothing for our NHS. A party that spent a decade weakening the foundations of our economy – and now has no answer for the future. Only more of the same.”

On Labour in Wales, he will say:

“In Wales, it’s been Mark Drakeford’s Labour Government that’s taken the tough decisions that were needed in the last year and now has a plan to take Wales forward.

“Mark’s shown the leadership that’s been sorely lacking in Westminster – and the difference that Labour in government can make.

“This election is the chance now to give Welsh Labour the tools to finish the job and to deliver a recovery that puts jobs and the NHS first.”

On the Scottish National Party, he will add:

“A vote for Labour is also a vote to unite our country so that we can face the future together.

“Under our brilliant new leader – Anas Sarwar – Labour will focus on what unites Scotland.

“After everything we’ve been through in the last year, the last thing we need now is more division.

“Yet, in Scotland, the SNP have shown they’re too busy fighting among themselves to fight for the Scottish people. Their 13-years in power has seen child poverty rise and educational standards fall.

“Scotland now has the lowest life expectancy in Western Europe and the highest number of drug deaths.

“It’s a record of shame and yet the SNP’s only priority is another divisive referendum.”