Keir Starmer’s New Year message – Stay safe, keep up the national effort and be optimistic for 2021
Stay safe, keep up the national effort and be optimistic for 2021: Keir Starmer’s New Year message
Keir Starmer will commit the Labour Party to focusing on “greater prosperity, fairness and opportunity for every nation and region” of the United Kingdom and say that the rollout of coronavirus vaccines gives the nation “reasons to be optimistic” for 2021.
In his New Year message, Starmer will ask the public to “keep up the national effort that has got us this far” as the UK faces the continued spread of the new Covid-19 variant and with millions of people in the strictest Tier 4 restrictions.
Setting out a hopeful vision for 2021, the Labour Leader will say that once the vaccine is distributed, “we will once again hold loved ones close and have our freedom.” He will set out his ambition to rebuild the country, arguing that the rebuild “should be inspired by the bravery and heroism of those who have been on the frontline.”
Starmer will outline his ambition for the economy to start growing again and for businesses to reopen. Speaking to the whole country, he will say: “I believe this can, once again, be the best country to grow up in, and the best country to grow old in. And with that hope and that vision, I believe that our best years are still to come.”
The Labour leader will say that 2020 has seen too many lives lost, jobs under threat and businesses in jeopardy. He will also speak about the “hidden costs” of the pandemic, particularly the impact on people’s mental health.
Notes to Editors:
- Keir Starmer’s New Year message will be published at 0800 on Thursday 31st December.
- Copies are available for broadcast use – embargoed as above – and can be downloaded here: https://we.tl/t-KAxWlvhAzJ
- The video can also be embedded from YouTube here: https://youtu.be/HVhMwc9m1M8
Full text of Keir Starmer’s New Year message:
I want to wish everyone across the United Kingdom a very happy new year.
Usually, of course, people across the country would be gathering with their friends, their families and their loved ones.
Reflecting on what’s gone on and looking forward to everything that is to come.
But 2020 has reminded us just how uncertain life can be.
The Coronavirus has changed all of our lives.
Britain’s suffered more than almost any other major economy.
Too many of our loved ones have lost their lives.
Too many good businesses have struggled.
Too many people have lost their jobs.
And restrictions, no matter how necessary, have been difficult for all of us.
The hidden costs of this pandemic have sometimes felt overwhelming.
People’s mental health has suffered, we’ve missed each other and some days it feels like the pandemic will never end.
But, at the start of the new year, there are reasons to be optimistic.
Optimistic at the distribution of the vaccine.
Optimistic that we will once again hold loved ones and have our freedom.
That our economy can start growing.
Businesses can start trading.
And we can focus on the task at hand of rebuilding our country.
But until then, it is all of our duty to stay safe, to look after neighbours, keep up the national effort that has got us this far.
Because when this crisis ends, and it will end, we will rebuild our country, together.
This should be inspired by the bravery and heroism of those who have been on the frontline since the start of the pandemic.
Our key workers, our carers, NHS workers, police officers, those who kept streets safe and our supermarkets stocked at the peak of the crisis.
The United Kingdom is forging a new path in the world.
And the Labour Party that I lead will focus on ensuring that path leads to greater prosperity, fairness and opportunity for every nation and region, every village, every town and city that makes up our great United Kingdom.
I believe this can once again be the best country to grow up in and the best country to grow old in.
And with that hope and that vision, I believe that our best years are still to come.
So, wherever you are, however you are spending this season, on behalf of the Labour Party, I wish you a happy new year.